It is a hot, sunny spring day in Melilla, Spain and a Syrian family is sheltering from the sun under a plastic tent while a group of young Africans are chatting in the shade of a small bridge.
They are all killing time outside the Centre for Temporary Residence of Immigrants (CETI). Currently, there are around 1,200 people staying at the CETI which has an official capacity of 480. At times the facility accommodates as many as 2,000 people. Journalists are not allowed inside, but earlier this year two Spanish MEPs visited the complex and described it as "miserable" and resembling a refugee camp.
This is the beginning of my latest article for IRIN News. Read more here.