Migrants: Trump urges Spain to build wall in Sahara Desert

Trump suggested Sahara wall to stem migrants Madrid

Spain's foreign minister says President Trump offered the Spanish government some very Trumpian advice on dealing with an influx of cross-Mediterranean migrants.

"The border with the Sahara can not be bigger than ours with Mexico", the president reportedly told Mr Borrell.

Filling almost all of North Africa, the Sahara measures approximately 3,000 miles from east to west, according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Most estimates for the Sahara put it at about 3,000 miles long from east to west.

Borrell spoke of Trump's Sahara wall suggestion at a lunch in Madrid this week, but did not clarify when the president made these remarks.

Mr Trump's pledge to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico was one of his best-known election promises. The Spanish Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the Spanish Foreign Ministry told Britain's Guardian newspaper that the accounts of Borrell's comments were accurate.

The border issue was also a concern in the United 2026 World Cup joint bid between the US, Canada, and Mexico.

Spain has experienced a surge in migration, particularly over the past year as thousands of people attempt to make the unsafe journey across the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe.

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

The European country has seen over 30,000 migrants and refugees arrive by sea so far in 2018, making Spain the top destination for migrants arriving via the Mediterranean.

Borrell made it clear he disagreed with the plan, although Spain has built 20-foot walls topped with razor wire around its African territories of Melilla and Ceuta.

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