Migrants attempt to cross border from Morocco into Spain – in pictures

Spain has two enclaves in Morocco, Melilla and Ceuta, and migrants from all over Africa regularly try to reach them by climbing the triple barriers that keep them separate. Deaths and injuries are common. Photographer Sergi Camara captures the desperate attempts to cross as part of a long-term project

The triple fenced border line separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of city of Melilla.
The triple-fenced border line separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of city of Melilla. Photograph: Sergi Camara
Would-be immigrants try to scale the border fence  unsuccessfully with 150 getting stuck on the fence or between the triple fenced border line.
Migrants try to scale border fences unsuccessfully, with 150 getting stuck on one of the three fences or in the gaps between on 18 June. Photograph: Sergi Camara
Spanish Guardia civil surround would-be immigrants who tried to scale a border fence on June 18.
Spanish Guardia civil surround the migrants. Photograph: Sergi Camara
A migrant sits on a fence as a helicopter hovers overhead.
A migrant sits on a fence as a helicopter hovers overhead. Photograph: Sergi Camara
A young migrant at the border.
A young migrant waits near the border on Monte Gurugu. Photograph: Sergi Camara
A migrant at the border. Clandestine campsites have been established on the Moroccan side of the border.
Clandestine campsites have been established on the Moroccan side of the border. Photograph: Sergi Camara
In May, several hundred African migrants charged the barbed-wire border fence, with many getting across.
In May, several hundred African would-be migrants charged the barbed wire border fence, with many getting across. Photograph: Sergi Camara
Guards carry away a migrant.
Guards carry away a migrant. Photograph: Sergi Camara
A detained migrant.
A detained migrant. Photograph: Sergi Camara
African migrants are surrounded by Spanish Civil Guard officers.
African migrants surrounded by Guardia civil officers. Photograph: Sergi Camara
A migrant sits on top of the border fence. Many are injured as they attempt to cross.
A migrant sits on a post on the other side of fences near Beni Enza. Many are injured as they attempt to cross. Photograph: Sergi Camara
The number of people who tried to illegally cross the border nearly doubled in 2013 but most fail to make it over.
The number of people who tried to illegally cross the border nearly doubled in 2013 but most fail to make it over. Photograph: Sergi Camara
Would-be immigrants stand on a fence near Beni Enza, in March after several hundred launched a dawn attempt to cross into Spain.
Migrants stand on a fence near Beni Enza in March, after several hundred launched a dawn attempt to cross into Spain. Photograph: Sergi Camara
Spanish Civil Guard officers guard stand as migrants scale a fence.
Spain more than doubled the strength of security forces at Melilla, after about 500 people stormed its fences in March, in the biggest border rush for years. Photograph: Sergi Camara
Migrants climb a border fence in March after a dawn assault on the border fence.
Migrants stand on a border fence near Beni Enza. Photograph: Sergi Camara
Migrants sit on top of a border fence covered in razor wire during their latest attempt to cross into Spanish territory, in April.
Migrants sit on top of a border fence covered in razor wire during their an attempt to cross into Spain. Photograph: Sergi Camara

 

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