Unaccompanied minors from Morocco, migrating from the rural areas to Tangier to try to reach the European shores

Nuria Empez, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Alejandro Muñoz, Independant Consultant

The phenomenon of unaccompanied minors (minors that cross the border to Spain without the company of any responsible adult) most of them hiding under the trucks and buses that enters the Ferry’s from Tangier to Spain, started around the 90’s. But, the migration process for some of these boys started before; from the rural areas of Beni Mellal and Kaala Das Saragna to Tangier, were some of them live without the care of any adult for months and even years trying to migrate to Europe. Based in six month of fieldwork in Morocco, and 6 years of fieldwork between Morocco and Spain, the aim of the paper is analyze for one side what’s happening in the rural areas, who are this boys and their families and to explain their situation in Tangier.

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Presented in Poster Session 4