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Underage Migrants a Growing Problem in Spain

Spain's crackdown on illegal immigration appears to be reducing the number of arrivals, but underage migrants are becoming a growing problem. Unlike the adult migrants, minors coming alone cannot be sent back easily to their native lands.

Absorption centers in the southern Mediterranean coast are filled to capacity with young Moroccans who crossed the strait of Gibraltar this summer. A rights group criticizes Spain for holding children in the Canary Islands in "prisonlike" conditions. The imam of Madrid's largest mosque calls these unaccompanied youngsters a "time bomb."

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