Illegal Sub-Saharan immigrants from Mali rest on the highway at dusk between the city of Nador, on the Moroccan border next to the Spanish enclave of Melilla, en route to Oujda. They are heading to Oujda in hopes of finding refuge as they attempt to reach Algeria, find work, save money and then return to Nador in an effort to reach Melilla and, eventually, the European Union. Since September 30, over 1,500 illegal immigrants have attempted to cross into Melilla in waves of up to 600 at a time, jumping over razor sharp barbed wire fences separating the two borders. The Moroccan government was pressed by the EU to deport and gain better control of its borders, finally reaching an agreement with the governments of Mali and Senegal to begin returning their citizens who have been arrested or wish to go back home, while other nationals remain on standby status.
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