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base data
office language Spanish
surface 20 km ²
population 65,488 (1. January 2005)
Population density 3,274 Einwohner/km ²
autonomy statute 14. March 1995
ISO 3166-2 ES-ML
president Juan José Imbroda Ortíz (PP)
parliamentary agency
- in the splinter Congress 1 seat
- in the splinter Senate 2 seats
Ciudad Autónoma de Melilla

Melilla [meˈliʎa] (on Berberisch Mrič) an autonomous belonging to Spain is city (Ciudades autónomas) at the Mediterranean coast of Morocco. Like Ceuta it belongs politically to Spain, geographically however to Africa. Until 1995Melilla was regarded as part of the province Málaga. Since then the Exklave has an autonomy statute, similarly as the autonomous communities. In it approximately 65,500 humans (conditions live: 2005).

In ISO 3166-1 the combination I/O for Melilla and Ceuta is reserved.

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the city lies on a peninsula and is surrounded by barrier plants.


the most important branches of industry Melillas are the fish processing and shipbuilding. From the free port becomeabove all fish, fruit, iron and lead export. The borderspreading trade as well as financial transfers from the Spanish mainland or the remaining European Union are further economical supports of the city. The only official currency is the euro.


Melilla goes on oneEstablishment of the Phönizier back (Rusadir). The city was first border attachment of the kingdom of Tlemcen and the kingdom of Fez. 1497 were conquered the city by Spain. Since the establishment of state in the year Morocco Melilla, the neighbouring Ceuta as well as some small Spanish islands stresses 1956 forwardsthe African coast, which also to the group of the Plaza de belong soberanía.


Migranten from Black African countries try to arrive over Algeria and Morocco after Melilla, in order to enter to Spain or into other countries of the European Union. The city is to the protection forwardsillegal immigration with two fences (3 m and 6 m highly, whereby an increase of the lower fences on likewise 6 m is planned), movement alarm units, night-vision devices and cameras secured; the Guardia civil patrouilliert here. The situation was intensified at the end of of September 2005, there itself under thatMigranten to have gotten around might that Spain wants to strengthen the fences. During the border crossings it came since at the end of of Septembers/at the beginning of of October 2005 increased to deaths. Morocco pushed refugees away, who had failed because of the border installations of Melilla. Morocco was accused of by international relief organizations, refugees in thatWild one to have suspended. The Moroccan government disclaimed these reproaches. The necessity for a comprehensive political solution of these problems appears increasingly.

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coordinates: 35° 16 ' 57 " N; 2° 56 ' 51 " W


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