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Spain and Morocco are stepping up control of the Tarajal breakwater after 21 unaccompanied minors entered Ceuta by swim

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The security forces of Spain and Morocco have “reinforced” control over the sea zone surrounding the Tarajal border breakwater and the neighboring country’s beaches closest to the autonomous city in Ceuta, after a total of at least 21 unaccompanied minors escaped this Wednesday Neighboring countries managed to swim onto Spanish territory, taking advantage of the fog that covered the coast.

Police sources this Thursday told Europa Press that the increase in the number of boats belonging to the Civil Guard and Moroccan security forces in charge of migration control in this area of ​​the southern Bay of Ceuta will continue in the coming days in view of the fact that the climatological context of the prevailing wind of the east component will last at least until Sunday.

The Department of Minors of the Ceuta government this Wednesday alone received 21 young migrants of Moroccan nationality, some of them very young, around 13 or 14 years old, according to sources from the regional executive chaired by Juan Vivas (PP). .

The Autonomous City currently protects around 300 unaccompanied foreign minors. So far it has received more than 110 in 2022, although the border with Tarajal was only partially reopened to the transit of people and vehicles on May 17. Irregular arrivals have multiplied with the arrival of summer. In June alone, 28 migrant children irregularly came to the Spanish city, in July there were already more than 30.

More than 75% of the young people reaching the autonomous city unaccompanied have Moroccan nationality, although minors who are nationals of sub-Saharan African countries such as Sudan or Guinea have also arrived in recent weeks.

The increase in the number of foster families for unaccompanied foreign children coincided with the refusal of the intervention of the Autonomous City to continue paying the SAMU Foundation for the comprehensive care services for this group that it provides at the Piniers shelter and at the Center for Temporary Housing “La Esperanza”, facilities where around 150 young people are cared for.

The administration’s regulator understands that the emergency decree that protected the hiring of these and other social services following the migratory avalanche of May last year that left more than 1,200 unaccompanied Moroccan minors in Ceuta must now be replaced by a normal tender and The payment of remuneration to the SAMU has been paralyzed since January, for which the company has not paid the January payroll on time and has announced the dismissal of 20 workers and the closure of one of the shelters it manages at the end of this month.

Source europapress.es

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