Identities in Conflict
Edited By Flocel Sabate
Cultural Bricolage on Minors who Migrate on Their Own
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Universidad de Zaragoza
1. Minors who migrate on their own
The administratively known in Spain as “unaccompanied foreign minors” are those youngsters and children who, in recent years, are migrating irregularly to Europe on their own without any family references. Youngsters that hold a double condition of minors (to be protected and hosted) and of foreigners (to be controlled, and expelled if in an irregular status).
The Spanish and international child protection legislation states that every single child, whatever his nationality and means of access to any state territory, should be guarded by the administration until he reaches the adult age, because of their legally declared situation of helplessness. Hence, most of these teens are hosted by local public child protection bodies.
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