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FNIDEQ, MOROCCO - MAY 18: Migrants arrive for swimming to Spanish territory of Ceuta, in Fnideq, Morocco on May 18, 2021. Starting on Monday, an unprecedented stream of at least 6,000 migrants, including many minors, began to swim or embark on small boats from Morocco into the Spanish territory.

Thousands of Moroccan Youths Flee to Spain in Search for Better

At least 8000 Moroccans, 2000 of them teenagers, have reportedly been crossing into Ceuta as hardships in their home country continue to escalate.

At least 8000 Moroccans have reportedly fled into the Ceuta enclave of Spain with at least 2000 of them believed to be teenagers. According to Spanish authorities, the influx of migrants is the European country's highest to date and a result of relaxed border controls and escalating hardships in Morocco. The vast majority of the Moroccan migrants arrived in Spain by sea with a number of them having suffered from hypothermia and other injuries and one man reported to have drowned.

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While Home Affairs Commissioner, Ylva Johansson, has described the record influx of migrants as "worrying", Johansson also reported the following to parliament, The Washington Post reports:

"The most important thing now is that Morocco continues to commit to prevent irregular departures, and that those who do not have the right to stay are orderly and effectively returned. Spanish borders are European borders. The European Union wants to build a relationship with Morocco based on trust and shared commitments. Migration is a key element."

Spanish security forces have already been sent to reinforce the current security at the border, BBC reports. The adults have been separated from minors and transported to separate locations with at least 1500 Moroccans having been deported already. One 26-year-old mother described her fervent efforts to escape her home country saying, "I came here to cross illegally in order to secure my son's future because here in Tetouan [Northern Morocco] there is nothing. We are going out to cross: either I'll die or I'll cross." She goes on to add that, "When you have nothing (no money) to spend, you have to pay your rent and you have to take care of your children and parents, there is no room for fear."

Just last month, 100 migrants entered into Ceuta although 30 of them, determined to be minors, were permitted to stay. The humanitarian crisis between Spain and Morocco is the result of an ongoing dispute over the Western Sahara region.

Photo: La Fédération de la Haute Couture

Lukhanyo Mdingi on Making his Paris Fashion Week Debut

We talked to the South African designer who, after co-winning the LMVH Prize last year, showcased his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 collection in Paris earlier this month.

In 2015, South African designer Lukhanyo Mdingi founded his eponymous label. Inspired by his mother and grandmother who raised him, Mdingi has created a formidable brand that is centered on building a bridge between heritage and timeless fashion pieces. Since the brand’s inception, Mdingi has made great strides in fashion, from his NYFW debut in 2019 to being crowned a joint winner of the 2021 LVMH Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

This year, Mdingi took his vision of Africa to France’s fashion capital, Paris, where he made his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 debut for the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Collection. Being the first designer on the program schedule to present, Mdingi showcased a collection that spoke of the relationship he shares with himself and the artisans he collaborates with. For the past two years, Mdingi has been working to source his woven textiles and knitwear from crafts communities in Burkina Faso, Somalia, and the Eastern Cape, and the collection featured textural and sartorial nuances paying homage to his being a young Black creative.

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