Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Migration? Just build a wall across Sahara

Camel trekking through the sand dunes of the Sahara desert near Merzouga Morocco Trump Reportedly Wanted to Build a Wall in the Sahara Desert
Charlie Simmons | 21 September, 2018, 14:14

The US president is said to have made the suggestion during a meeting with Josep Borrel, Spain's foreign minister.

When Spanish diplomats told Trump building a wall across the Sahara desert would be no easy feat the president said, "The Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

According to Borrell, Trump brushed off concerns about the plan's feasibility, claiming that "the Sahara border can't be bigger than our border with Mexico".

"We can confirm that's what the minister said, but we won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks", said a spokesman for the Spanish foreign ministry.

The White House did not immediately respond to ABC News request for comment.

The US-Mexico border is a little under 3,300 kilometres long. Spain is not one of them, so any wall would have to be built entirely on other nations' land.

Spain has found itself at the forefront of Europe's migration crisis.

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In June, Trump received worldwide backlash when the USA government separated migrating children from parents, some asylum seekers after crossing the border.

President Donald Trump has expressed a renewed motivation to get Congress to fund his anti-immigrant border wall with Mexico.

Increased numbers of migrants from Africa have been arriving on Spain's shores this year as Europe struggles to come up with a common strategy for dealing with their plight.

Spain has now overtaken Italy and Greece as the most popular destination for migrants.

Spain has two enclaves - the cities of Ceuta and Melilla - on the North African coast.

The number of migrants seeking to enter Europe illegally has fallen sharply from a peak in 2015, when the IOM recorded total arrivals to Europe by sea at just over 1 million.

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