Friday, October 22

The Government approves a loan of 5 million for the communities that take in migrant minors from Ceuta

The Government will approve this Tuesday, May 25, in Minister council, an extraordinary credit of 5 million euros for the autonomous communities that host migrant minors unaccompanied by Ceuta, they face the expenses derived from this situation, according to what sources from the Ministry of Social Rights have informed Europa Press.

The same sources have specified that the Government and the CCAA will agree this Tuesday in the Territorial Council of Social Services the distribution of those 5 million euros according to the unaccompanied migrant minors from Ceuta that each community receives.

This will be agreed this Tuesday during an extraordinary meeting of the Plenary of the Territorial Council of Social Services and the System for Autonomy and Attention to Dependency, convened by the Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, Ione Belarra, and that will be held from 10:00 hours by videoconference. The meeting will also address the management of projects financed with the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

Regarding the second item on the agenda – the agreement on the reception of unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents from Ceuta – the Executive and the Autonomous Communities had already met on this matter last Wednesday, May 19, in a Territorial Council convened urgently by the Minister of Social Rights and Agenda 2030, Ione Belarra, after the migration crisis of Ceuta.

At this meeting, the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 proposed to regional governments the reception of about 200 boys and girls who were already in protection centers in Ceuta and whose legal, school and health situation is attended to and regularized by the Autonomous City.

In this way, they want to free up the protection centers for these minors in Ceuta, in order to be able to adequately attend to the recently arrived minors. Some 1,500 children crossed the border last week.

At the meeting, the distribution of minors between the territories was addressed in a climate of collaboration and solidarity as a “general trend”, as sources present at the meeting explained to Europa Press.

Madrid and Galicia, the most welcoming

According to the Autonomous Communities themselves after the meeting, Madrid and Galicia are the communities that will host the largest number of minors. Specifically, the Community of Madrid has announced that it will receive 20 foreign minors unaccompanied from Ceuta, according to the report sent to them by the Ministry of Social Rights last week.

The same number of minors, a total of 20, will be received in Galicia, and the Galician president, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, has complained about the distribution criteria, although he announced that he will welcome them.

Others 18 minors will be welcomed in Castilla y León. Andalusia, which at first indicated that it could not accommodate more minors, finally announced that it will host 13, the same as the Valencian Community. In addition, the Balearic Islands will receive 11 minors, the same number as Extremadura and Asturias.

While, Euskadi will host 8 minors; the Region of Murcia will protect 7 of them, and Cantabria, another 7. They also showed their willingness to host Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha and Aragon. For its part, La Rioja reported that it has reduced to five the initial proposal of the central government that this community take in seventeen minors.

The Ministry has reported that Ceuta is already in a position to transfer these children to the autonomous communities, for which it has the support of the General Directorate for the Rights of Children and Adolescents.


As stated by Belarra, “these transfers could be made immediately, and thus to be able to adequately care for the children who have just arrived. “

The game of 5 million that the Government will approve this Tuesday, joins others that the Executive has allocated for the reception of unaccompanied migrant minors in recent months.

Specifically, in the Territorial Council on April 30, Social Rights announced the distribution of 8 million euros among the autonomous communities that had offered in solidarity to host foreign minors who migrate alone. In addition, in December 2020, another 10 million euros were already allocated to the Canary Islands to assist these children.

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