Spain's foreign minister has rejected suggestions the country is experiencing mass immigration, calling instead for perspective on the issue and arguing that Europe needs new blood to make up for a low birth rate.
Around 21,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Spain by sea this year, placing the country's reception infrastructure under severe strain.
Last week, 600 people entered Europe by storming the fences separating Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta and threw quicklime and excrement at police officers.
Josep Borrell insisted on Monday, however, that Spain's problems were dwarfed by those of some Middle Eastern countries hosting refugees from the war in Syria. Speaking after a meeting with his Jordanian counterpart, Ayman Safadi, he said: "We're trivialising the word 'mass'."