President Trump Suggested Spain Build Its Own Border Wall Across the Sahara

Leroy Wright
September 20, 2018

United States president Donald Trump has urged the Spanish government to tackle the Mediterranean migration crisis by building a wall across the Sahara desert, Spain's foreign minister has said.

Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, a former president of the European Parliament, revealed that Trump told him that a border wall in the desert - like his long promised wall on the Mexican border - would work for Europe as well, The Express reported.

Borrell did not specify when or where Trump made the suggestion.

The U.S. -Mexico border is approximately 2,000 miles wide. As Spain is located in Europe and the Sahara is located in Africa, building such a wall would also require it to be constructed on foreign territory.

Spain has no borders with the Sahara in its two enclaves Ceuta and Melilla
Spain has no borders with the Sahara in its two enclaves Ceuta and Melilla Keith Hamshere Getty Images

Spain's politicians have agreed a solution needs to be found to deal with the migration crisis, with Africa's population set to double in the next 20 years.

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

Building a wall along the US-Mexico border - and getting Mexico to pay for it - was one of the key policies of Trump's presidential campaign.

Borrell told his audience that he wasn't in favour of adopting Italy's hardline stance, but said he was concerned about European societies' capacity to absorb a high number of migrants, "especially if they are Muslims".

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