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29 Sep 2019
This month, with the help of the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol), the Spanish and French national police dismantled a large poly-criminal network involved in migrant smuggling, and human and drug trafficking. The...
12 Aug 2019
The VICE article on children trapped in Spanish enclaves paints a powerful picture of the experience of one of the most vulnerable groups: unaccompanied refugee and migrant children.   Spain has seen many cases of migrant children coming recently....
21 Jan 2019
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...
10 Jan 2019
In 1998, 10 years old Issa Abdou left Cameroon with an aim to reach Spain and start playing football in one of the best football leagues. He is now the captain of “Alma de África,” (Soul of Africa), a football team made of immigrants and Spaniards,...
28 Jun 2017
According to Morocco World News, the Spanish city of Melilla which nears Northern Africa, is collaboratively working with officials in Morocco in order to front the increasing number of unaccompanied foreign minors entering the city, as announced by...
29 Aug 2016
The Northern Echo reports that a mother who lost her child to Spanish baby traffickers 24 years ago has established a website,  'One Lonely Voice',  to support other mothers who fear they may have lost their children to the same fate. Ruth Appleby...
23 Jul 2015
The Daily Mail reports that the Spanish legislature has officially raised the minimum age of marriage from 14 years old to 16, bringing it in line with most other members of the European Union following pressure from child protection experts and the...
23 Jul 2015
The Portugal News reports that the European Commission has expressed concern that Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy, Malta, and Romania have not adequately communicated national measures taken to implement the EU Directive on combating the sexual abuse...
23 Jul 2015
France24 reports: Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage to boost their child protection and bring the country in line with other European nations. The minimum age for marriage in the country was one of the lowest in the EU, but after...
15 Jul 2015
'El Pais' reports that marriages under age 16 were proclaimed as illegal in Spain. In the EU, Spain had the lowest required age of consent, which was not compatible with the Convention on the RIghts of the Child. In some cases, children age 14 were...

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