Spain’s rapid migrant deportation scheme receives legal support

The Spanish Constitutional Court has given its support for the fast deportation of migrants who enter the country’s north African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, through irregular routes.

With this, Spain’s Interior Ministry will immediately send migrants back to Morocco under its “express deportation” scheme, instead of processing them in Spain. The judgement was announced on 19 November.

Thousands of African migrants try to reach Spain through the two enclaves in Morocco which are the only land border between the EU and Africa. A total of 1,441 migrants have crossed into Spain by land this year, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).


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Image Caption: Colourful houses in the Prince’s neighbourhood of Ceuta, Spain.