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African Migrants scale border fence between Morocco and Melilla

Over 200 African migrants scaled the double border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla according to BBC News. The migrants walk across the continent of Africa months, sometimes years, to Nador, Morocco and hide in the forest to await an opportunity to scale the border fence. Moroccan police admitted killing 4 migrants trying to enter Melilla in October, 2013.

African migrants wait in line for breakfast at the Short Stay Immigrant Center, on October 20, 2005 in the Spanish Enclave of Melilla, Spain.
African migrants wait in line for breakfast at the Short Stay Immigrant Center, on October 20, 2005 in the Spanish Enclave of Melilla, Spain.
Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

The fence was doubled after the October incident, but the formidable barrier does not deter those desperate to enter Europe. Similar mass break-ins have occurred this month in Ceuta, another North African city. This one, however, is the largest surge into Melilla in several years.

While the migrants sang and celebrated as they reached a migrant reception center, it is likely they will be expelled according to the center’s manager. The center was built to hold 400 persons, and is already over-crowed with 1,300 migrants.

Sadly, 14 migrants drowned as hundreds attempted to swim to Ceuta earlier in the month. The migrants are drawn to the two Spanish territories of Melilla and Ceuta for economic reasons - seeking work and a better life, or they arrive as refugees seeking asylum in Europe.