From the tourist’s perspective the city looks nice and offer peace, clean road, tidiness, respect. Squares, streets, shops and beaches are empty, it seems to be in a movie set.
Then, moving towards the border, set by a triple fence that divide Europe from Africa, places change, people live on the streets and the city’s soul shows itself.
Poverty, sub-Saharan immigration, racism, smuggling, corruption increases moving away from Melilla La Vieja, the old town. “Africans” refugees try to jump over the fences throwing stones against the Civil Guard, women and old people load their backs of smuggling goods to cross the boundary with Africa.
Morocco from above control the pressure on fences and dominate this corner of Europe.