The Melilla fence: one of the realities of our migration policies
The Melilla fence: one of the disgraces of migration policies
Last Friday 24 June saw a desperate attempt by many people to cross the Melilla fence, which was met with force by the Moroccan and Spanish authorities.
The official death toll of the mass attempt to jump the fence of the Spanish enclave of Melilla from the Moroccan town of Nador is 23, although some NGOs put the figure at 37. 18 migrants and one member of the Moroccan security forces are still hospitalised.
The Melilla fence is one of the many existing walls on the external borders of the European Union to prevent the entry of migrants. In itself it is an act of violence against people and a violation of human rights and human dignity.
While in Northern Europe the doors of solidarity are opened to refugees, in the South it seems that these people do not deserve this name and their hope for a life without conflict is violently closed.
This is a situation that should not leave us indifferent.
Undoubtedly, the indiscriminate use of violence and systematic repression should not be the content and application of migration policies, which are promoted by the EU, but should rather delve into the causes of the humanitarian drama against which violence is used.
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (H2020-MSCA-IF-2020)nº101031252