Illegal migration to EU falls to lowest level in 5 years — but spikes in Spain

(CNN)The number of people illegally crossing into Europe dropped last year to its lowest level in five years — but there’s been a spike in the number reaching Spain, figures show. Meanwhile, the number of arrivals in Spain via the western Mediterranean route, leaving from Morocco, doubled last year for the second year in a row to 57,000. Most of the migrants on this route originated from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, although the number of Moroccans has increased in recent months, Frontex said. Many also came from Guinea, Mali and Algeria. Spain’s government has also allowed some ships carrying rescued migrants to dock in its ports after they were barred entry to Italy or Malta. Afghan, Syrian and Iraqi nationals …