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In pictures: Fortress Europe

African migrants in the Spanish enclave of Melilla in North Africa

About 300 African migrants have managed to climb the border fences into the Spanish enclave of Melilla in North Africa in the past two days.

An African immigrant is treated by Spanish ambulance workers.

They were part of large groups who rushed the fence with makeshift ladders. Spanish police tried to repel them and some 30 have been injured.

Man working on the border fence

After a recent wave of such attacks, Spain is doubling the height of the fence in order to keep the immigrants out.

Border fence

The fence separates Melilla - and the European Union - from Morocco and the many migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who gather there.

Malians near Melilla

People flock to the forests near Melilla from across West Africa, hoping to leave poverty behind...

Man playing golf in Melilla, next to the fence

... They hope that once in Europe, they, too, will enjoy a life of luxury.






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