The Italian sea route is still the most popular overall with 59,000 migrants between January and May, up 32% from last year, but the Spanish route further west saw 6,800 migrants using it in the same period, a 75% increase from 2016.
The trend was even more pronounced in June as 1,900 migrants - who were mostly young men from Guinea, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Cameroon - reached the southern region of Andalusia, four times more than registered the same month last year.
Further south, there was a fall in the number of migrants spotted in the Agadez region of Niger which is a key stop on the way to Libya from West Africa.
Buba Fubareh, a 27-year-old mason from Banjul, Gambia, who tried and failed to get to Europe via Libya earlier this year said: "People are talking about going to Spain. It seems like it is safer to go through Morocco to Spain than through Libya.
Spokeswoman for the UNHCR in Spain, Maria Jesus Vega said: "What is clear is that, they (Spain’s government) have to get ready.
“They can’t be caught unprepared. What started happening elsewhere in Europe in 2015 can’t be allowed to happen here”.
“It’s not yet an emergency, but you have to take into account that there are no structures here to deal with more arrivals.”[/quote]
Para esta gente la cuestión nunca es parar la invasión. El tema es siempre aumentar los medios para conseguir meter a más gente. Es acojonante.