The various forms of mobility in the Mediterranean region – refuge and migration, holiday and cultural exchange, summer return or winter escape – have rendered the differentiation between permanent and temporary stays obsolete. The homeland port is a mere transit station en route to the next place of temporary stay. Like Tanger-Med, the ferry ports in the Spanish exclave Ceuta and (here) Melilla are northern Moroccan distribution stations for holiday visitors and those returning home from the European mainland. The same ferry sluices also serve as the gates for so-called „illegal immigration“ to Europe. In a high-tech control action in September 2012, Spanish police used instruments to detect heartbeats on crossings from Melilla. In a single day, 133 refugees and migrants were found hidden in lorries.