The report said the refugees were mostly Moroccan, and the majority appeared to be sub-Saharan Africans.
They are believed to have made the journey undetected, crossing The Strait of Gibraltar, which is only nine miles across at its narrowest point.
Business Insider says the incident is an indication “the flow of migrants from Africa and the Middle East to Europe has steadily shifted westward” since such migration gained momentum in 2015.
The number of people who have illegally entered Spain this year, by land or by sea, is estimated to be nearly 7,000, but that figure is significantly higher compared to last year.
A Business Insider report from July said 1,900 migrants, mostly young men originating from Guinea, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Cameroon, arrived in Spain in June. That was four times as many as had arrived in June 2016.
Initially, Turkey and Greece experienced an influx of hundreds of thousands of seafaring refugees, mostly men. Italy was the next country to take in asylum seekers, seeing 59,000 in the first few months of this year.
The 20-second video with no narration was uploaded to Twitter Aug. 9 by Jamie Moreno, described in his Twitter profile as “Catolico, espanol, sevillano y sevillista,” which loosely translates to “Catholic, Spanish, Sevillian from Seville.”
Zahara de los Atunes. Dos de la tarde pic.twitter.com/IvYGmbfE4E
— Jaime Moreno (@GolfJaime) August 9, 2017
The tweet is titled only, “Zahara de los Atunes,” referring to the nearest population center about three miles northwest of the beach, and “Dos de la tarde,” or “two in the afternoon.”
The dramatic footage shows approximately 30 migrants clad in dark clothing arriving at midday as tourists look on. They abandon their inflatable, Zodiac-type boat and quickly head up the beach.
Local authorities claim a “lack of resources” meant that they were not able to apprehend the men who arrived via the raft.
The name Playa de los Alemanes means Beach of the Germans or Germnans’ Beach, and comes from the first tourists to have discovered the spot in the 1940’s.
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