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The historical events that led to the ongoing war
07 Aug 2011 15:47 GMT
As the closest European country to the African continent, Spain is on the frontline for illegal migration [GALLO/GETTY]
Many Africans are risking their lives crossing the sea to Europe in overcrowded, small boats, often arranged by human smugglers [GALLO/GETTY]
Spain(***)s enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in northern Morocco are initial targets for many migrants: once detained they can be expelled, repatriated or sent to mainland Spain, where many are reported to be released, pending expulsion[GALLO/GETTY]
In 2006 Spain received almost half of the EU(***)s total migrants [GALLO/GETTY]
Spain is struggling to accommodate immigrants from Africa and has asked the European Union for an increase in funds to secure its borders [GALLO/GETTY]
France has a stricter approach to immigration than other European countries and has even offered legal immigrants financial incentives to go back to Africa [GALLO/GETTY]
According to UNHCR Spain received the most asylum applications from Cuba, followed by Nigeria, Algeria, Guinea and Cameroon in 2010 [GALLO/GETTY]
Spain has tried to forge broad bilateral accords with African countries that would exchange repatriation for funding to help the returned migrants, but the initiative has been criticised [GALLO/GETTY]
For many migrants in search for a better life in Europe, reality often turns out to be a disappointment [GALLO/GETTY]
Many migrants live and work in detention centres for months, waiting for their residence permits [GALLO/GETTY]
The EU has been criticised by groups such as the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) for the EU refugee policy being so strict that it creates a "fortress Europe" barricading itself against people in need [GALLO/GETTY]
Having migrated, many migrants are expected to send money home to the family they have left behind [GALLO/GETTY]
The responsibility to earn money and send it back home is a heavy burden for African migrants in Europe struggling to find a job [GALLO/GETTY]
After their son vanished, a Mexican family sought asylum in the US - but since then has been locked in detention camps.
Human Rights, War & Conflict, Latin America
Greece's new left-wing government wants to abolish detention centres for migrants who entered illegally.
Human Rights, Europe, Greece
Country's rapid urban expansion brings an increase in sand mining - and concerns over ecological destruction.
Poverty & Development, Politics, Environment
Derelict oilfield caught in a war zone contaminating drinking water and threatening tens of thousands of civilian lives.
Environment, Humanitarian crises, War & Conflict
One of India's biggest movie stars discusses his latest projects, his relationship with his fans, and politics in India.
Arts & Culture, Asia, Cinema
The untold story of how the Lebanese community overcame the odds and found their place in multicultural Australia.
Asia Pacific, Australia, Lebanon
After decades of corrupt rule, will a Chinese community's remarkable experiment in grassroots democracy succeed?
Politics, Asia, China
The history of modern Syria is offering an intriguing and incisive perspective on the current war in the country.
War & Conflict, Politics, Syria