[Spain] 3,344 Unaccompanied Minors Arrived in Ceuta in 2018, Most Were Moroccans

21 Jan 2019
Source: 
Morocco World News

Ceuta, Spanish enclave of Ceuta in northern Morocco saw a significant increase in number of Moroccan unaccompanied minors in 2018 – it is estimates vast majority of 3 344 minors that arrived are Moroccan. 3 302 boys and 42 girls came to the Spanish enclave from the neighboring cities. This trend continues, with data showing only last week 295 Moroccan minors arrived in Ceuta. The increase of over 400% in newcomers compared to 2017 creates numerous problems for the staff working with migrant minors and those managing local juvenile detention center, as it becomes increasingly difficult to provide proper care and address their needs. The Ceuta mayor called for more technology and border infrastructure to combat irregular migration, as well as for mutual agreement between the two government, Spain and Morocco, on how to reunite teenage minors with their families.

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