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Hundreds of Migrants Enter Country
Over two days in August 2014, hundreds of migrants attempted to flee from Africa to Spain when they were intercepted in the Strait of Gibraltar by Spanish authorities. The migrants came from Morocco and have been for over a year. However, the numbers had greatly increased. In just the two days in August as many migrants came as had throughout all of 2013. The numbers were so great that Spanish authorities had to convert two sports centers into shelters.
Spanish officials said that the large number of illegal crossings was due to the failing of Morocco, which controls migration into Spain. Morocco did not take responsibility directly, but Interior Minister Mohamed Hasad did say that “dysfunctions may have happened and will be corrected very quickly,” according to Spanish news media. By late August, the number of migrants decreased.