Spain reported a 75% drop in interceptions of illegal migrants’ arrivals compared to a month earlier period, the interior ministry said. Only 936 migrants were intercepted last month compared to 4104 people in January, official figures showed. The ministry attributed the drop in interceptions to bad weather conditions and the good coordination with transit and origin countries. A Spanish official told EFE it is too early to announce a general drop in arrivals. Morocco prevented some 88,000 people from illegally crossing to Spain last year, 37% up from the previous year.
Source: The North Africa Journal March 15, 2019 13:18 UTC