‘VICIOUS ATTACK’: Migrant centre beating prompts unaccompanied child debate

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GUARDS: The incident took place when a group of young people allegedly beat two male guards. Photo: Shutterstock


AN ALLEGED vicious attack on two guards at a juvenile reception centre in Madrid has prompted a debate about how Spain deals with unaccompanied foreign children.

The incident took place when a group of young people allegedly beat two male guards, leaving them with extensive injuries to their faces and bodies.

Fernando Grande Marlaska, Minister for the Interior, said the government is in the process of identifying young people who have made their way into Spain without family members, and said Spain was committed to repatriating them.

Ignacio Aguado, Madrid’s Ciudadanos party candidate, said the government should, “speed up the rehoming process,” but children should receive, “the best care,” while in Spain.

The Minister of the Interior estimates there are about 13,700 unaccompanied minors who have arrived in Spain since the country began recording figures.

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