Unaccompanied Moroccan minors in Ceuta often end up living on the streets.
Rabat – The Spanish child protection agency operating in the city of Ceuta has convinced 30 unaccompanied Moroccan minors to return to Morocco while placing 38 in the La Esperanza shelter.
In a report sharing official data on the number of unaccompanied minors living on the streets of Ceuta, the city’s government has said that it has managed to save 30% of the 229 unaccompanied foreign minors (MENA) from the streets. The percentage represents 68 minors.
The child protection operation took place over 15 months as part of a program launched in partnership with the University of Malaga, reported Spanish International news agency EFE on Friday, September 29.
The Spanish child protection agency, the Department for Minors in the Autonomous City of Ceuta, presented for the first time a report on the number of unaccompanied foreign minors living on the streets of Ceuta.
According to calculations, Spanish officials pointed out that the number of foreign minors usually ranges between 45 and 50 in Ceuta’s port.
The coordinator of the project, Elisa Garcia, a full professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Malaga has highlighted the need for “the child protection system to take to the streets.”
Garcia’s remark suggests that the agency needs to do more fieldwork to identify more unaccompanied foreign minors in order to save them from the streets.