Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump wants Spain to build a wall in Africa to stop migrants

Trump wants Spain to build a wall in Africa to stop migrants

He revealed Mr Trump's suggestion during a lunch meeting in Madrid this week.

In addition to all the stated reasons that it's illogical, Noah pointed out the biggest difficulty with Spain erecting a wall in the Sahara: "I can't even believe I have to say this, but Africa is not a part of Spain, so they can't just build something on someone else's land".

Borrell continued: "Well, yes, it is way bigger than the border with Mexico, and in any case it wouldn't be very useful to do that".

"We can confirm that's what the minister said, but we won't be making any further comment on the minister's remarks", said a spokesman for the foreign ministry.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The U.S. -Mexico border is approximately 2,000 miles wide.

Central American migrants sit on the US-Mexico border wall at its westernmost point, Tijuana, Mexico.

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Trump campaigned for president on the promise that he would wall off Mexico to stop illegal immigrants entering the US.

Spain's politicians have agreed a solution needs to be found to deal with the migration crisis, with Africa's population set to double in the next 20 years.

But Mexico has told the president flat-out it will not send any money to pay for it, and the US Congress is also refusing to spend more money on it.

Since the start of 2018, more than 38,000 migrants have arrived in Spain, mostly by sea.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faced criticism from some in June when he offered refuge in Spain to more than 600 migrants on a rescue ship after they were turned away by Italy's populist leaders.

Spain has two enclaves - the cities of Ceuta and Melilla - on the North African coast.

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