Madrid allocates 15 million euros for the care of immigrant minors in the regions of Ceuta and Melilla

The Spanish government has announced this week the allocation of 15 million euros for the care of unaccompanied minors in the occupied cities of Ceuta, Melilla and the Canary Islands.

The Government of Pedro Sánchez has announced, through its spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, that the Canary Islands will be granted six million euros, 4.5 million euros to the occupied city of Ceuta, and the same to the stolen city of Melilla .

The Government of Madrid explained that the objective of these funds is to provide the care that these minors need, whether in terms of accommodation, guidance and psychosocial support.


A spokeswoman for the Spanish government indicated that the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla are the “most affected” areas due to their proximity to the borders of southern Europe.

Moroccan minors make up the vast majority of unaccompanied children in several Spanish cities and regions, according to official data issued by the northern neighbor.

According to an official report published by the Spanish Prosecutor’s Office, a year ago, the majority of unaccompanied foreign children originate from Morocco, with a percentage of up to 60 percent, many times more than other African countries.

Despite the orders issued last year by King Mohamed VI for the return of unaccompanied Moroccan minors in Spain and the rest of the European Union, these operations have not yet taken place, at a time when the Moroccan authorities assure that the matter is due to the complexity of European laws.

In this sense, Khaled Zerouali, director of Immigration and Border Control of the Ministry of the Interior, said in an interview with the Spanish News Agency a few days ago that “we dealt with the issue of Moroccan minors with great courage and transparency, and sent teams to France, Spain and other countries to identify the minors… I can assure you that Morocco reiterates its willingness to take in its children, but the problem is in European countries, where laws and regulations complicate these deportations a bit”.