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EU May Provide Funds to Morocco, Tunisia to Stop Migrant Flow to Spain – Source

© REUTERS / StringerMigrants throws up a life-vest before disembarking from a dinghy at "Del Canuelo" beach after they crossed the Strait of Gibraltar sailing from the coast of Morocco, in Tarifa, southern Spain, July 27, 2018
Migrants throws up a life-vest before disembarking from a dinghy at Del Canuelo beach after they crossed the Strait of Gibraltar sailing from the coast of Morocco, in Tarifa, southern Spain, July 27, 2018 - Sputnik International
BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The European Commission is considering allocating additional funds to enhance border control in Morocco and Tunisia in a bid to stop the flow of migrants to Spain, a diplomatic source in Brussels told Sputnik.

"As far as I know, the allocation of funds to Morocco and Tunisia is considered as one of the ways to enhance border control in order to prevent migrants [from coming to Spain]," a source said.

Earlier on July 31, the European Commission said that it had received Spain’s request for additional assistance and was considering it at the moment.

On July 2, the European Union already provided additional 45.6 million euros ($53.1 million) to Spain and Greece, hit by the migrant influx.

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This file photo taken on September 28, 2016 shows people gathering on the quay as a wreck of a migrant boat raised by the Egyptian navy and maritime rescuers arrives in the Egyptian port city of Rosetta. An Egyptian court on March 26, 2017 sentenced 56 people to prison terms of between seven and 10 years over the deaths at sea of at least 202 migrants in September, judicial officials said - Sputnik International
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The European Commission said that it allocated additional 37.5 million euros ($44 million) to Greece aimed at improvement of reception conditions for migrants arriving in the country.

"Today, the European Commission has awarded an additional 37.5 million euros in emergency assistance under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to improve reception conditions for migrants in Greece," the press release of the commission reads.

The Greek authorities will receive the biggest part of the sum — 31.1 million euros — for provisional services to migrants, such as healthcare, food and accommodation.

"A further 6.4 million euros has been awarded to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to improve reception conditions and to provide site management support to selected sites on the mainland," the commission added.

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The commission added that it had given Greece over 1.6 billion euros since 2015 to deal with migration-related issues.

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The number of people who tried to reach Spain by boat and were rescued by the country's rescue agency alone has dramatically increased, surging from just over 1,000 migrants in April to almost 6,400 in June, according to the latest figures from the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Agency (SASEMAR).

Since 2015, Europe has been experiencing its worst migration crisis in recent history, struggling to accommodate hundreds of thousands of people fleeing hostilities in the Middle Eastern and North African countries.

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