Spain planning to send back 7,000 migrant children to Morocco

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10,000: The estimated number of unaccompanied child migrants in Spain. Photo Credit: Voiceofvienna.org

SPAIN is in talks with Morocco to discuss the repatriation of thousands of child migrants.

According to a Spanish interior ministry spokesman, 7,000 child migrants have arrived to Spain from Morocco without parents or guardians.  

Three thousand other unaccompanied children from other African nations have arrived to Spanish territories, making 10,000 in total.

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The issue was recently on the table at a bilateral meeting between Spain and Morocco in Essaouira on the Moroccan coast.

Spain’s secretary of state for migration, Consuelo Rumi claims he “perceived a willingness” on the part of Morocco to take unaccompanied Moroccan minors back in.

The migrant children will, however, continue living in Spain until an official agreement is reached:

There is no concrete plan yet, this is part of negotiations, of a diplomatic process,” added Rumi.

The 10,000 unaccompanied child migrants that have arrived to Spain have been placed under the protection of the regions where they originally arrived.

This has caused a disproportionate amount of the migrants falling under the protection of Andalucia and Spain’s southern coast as well as Spain’s African enclaves Ceuta and Melilla.

Jacob Hachuel a local government spokesman in Ceuta recently remarked the children should be returned to Morocco, claiming “they are better off in their family entourage.”

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