Number of migrants to Spain surges this year
As of Oct. 15, as many as 48,669 migrants have reached Spanish territory, more than the combined total number of migrants in 2015, 2016 and 2017, said the ministry.
Most migrants arrived after crossing the sea in inflatable dinghies, with 43,467 making the dangerous journey, 206 percent more than in the first nine and a half months of last year.
Of those making the sea voyage, 41,646 migrants, or 95.8 percent, arrived after crossing the Mediterranean Sea to either the Spanish mainland or eastern Spain's Balearic Islands. ■