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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.

Music

Listen to Tems' New EP 'If Orange Was A Place'

The buzzing Nigerian is also announcing her signing to Since '93/RCA Records and her placement as Apple Music's Up Next artist.

Tems is striking while the iron's hot and sharing her new 5-song EP, If Orange Was A Place.

The new release comes a few days after she dropped its lead single, "Crazy Tings," an addictive and bounce-heavy track produced by Ghanaian beatmaker GuiltyBeatz.

If Orange Was A Place also features a single guest appearance from American singer Brent Faiyaz — who lends his vocals to "Found" — and production from Jonah Christian. It was mixed and mastered by Spax.

The new EP comes alongside the news that Tems has signed to Since '93/RCA Records and been announced as Apple Music's latest Up Next artist.

Tems has been a highly-buzzing name in the last month with her feature on Drake's Certified Lover Boy, in which she appears on the song "Fountains," and for the massive popularity of her single alongside Wizkid, "Essence," which recently got a Justin Bieber remix.

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