We welcome the reform if the Immigration Regulation that will improve the lives of children and young people who migrate by themselves

The Regulation approved today by the Council of Ministers will benefit many children and young people who have been suffering for years the terrible consequences in their lives of a regulation that only placed insurmountable obstacle and barriers to their social integration in Spain. 

Organizations defending the rights of migrant children and youth consider today’s decision by the Council of Ministers to approve the reform on the Immigration Regulation, in relation with many of the articles that affect them, to be a historic step towards to the inclusion of children arriving by themselves in Spain. 

The approval of today’s reform by the Council of Ministers will benefit thousands of young people, who have been suffering for years the terrible consequences in their lives of a regulation that only placed insurmountable obstacles and barriers to their integration, especially in their transition to adulthood. 

Dozens of organizations and groups specialized in children’s and migrant’s rights have been denouncing for years the abusive conditions of a regulation that has led to the administrative irregularity and social exclusion of thousands of adolescents and young people who, on the other hand, are recognized by the Immigration Lax as being regular for all purposes. 

With today’s Reform as it was proposed in its las version in August, and pending the final text to be published in the Official State Gazette, the aim is to respond to the real needs of migrant children, mainly in their transition to adult life, facilitating the development of their life project in Spain and ultimately favoring their lasting and effective integration into our society, taking into account their conditions of special vulnerability, due to their status as immigrants. 

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