Young migrants enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from Morocco, 19 May 2021 | Photo: EPA/JALAL MORCHIDI
Young migrants enter the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from Morocco, 19 May 2021 | Photo: EPA/JALAL MORCHIDI

A Ceuta court has upheld a suspension for the repatriation of nine migrant minors to Morocco. They had arrived in the Spanish enclave in May without any adults accompanying them.

A court in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, has upheld a suspension for the repatriation of nine migrant minors to Morocco who had arrived in the Spanish enclave in May without any adults accompanying them.

Two associations had requested the intervention of a judge on the case: Coordinadora de Barrios and Fundación Raíces. The associations claimed that the Spanish authorities had illegally attempted to send the minors back to Morocco.

The unaccompanied minors had arrived in Ceuta during a migratory emergency involving about 10,000 people.

Request for 12 youths

The two organizations filed cases for 12 youths who the national and local administrations had already decided to repatriate in agreement with the Moroccan authorities.

The judge working on the case found that three of them had already been taken back across the border.

On Monday, August 16, the court ruled to halt the repatriation for the other nine as a precautionary measure while awaiting additional elements from the authorities to ascertain whether their decision to repatriate them had been legitimate or not.

On Tuesday it upheld the suspension, since the method that was to have been used for the repatriation was not in line with the law. The decision is subject to appeal.

1,097 minors arrived in Ceuta in May

In light of last week's decision and other cases opened into attempts to send minors back to Morocco from Ceuta, the authorities in the enclave have decided to temporarily halt scheduled repatriations.

El Pais reported that Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez has given a deadline of Thursday for Ceuta president Juan Jesús Vivas to find a solution on the matter. According to government figures, some 1,097 minors arrived in the enclave in May and about 50 have been repatriated.

 

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