The Minister of Youth and Children, Sir Regoproposed by the Sectoral Conference on Childhood and Adolescence, held this Monday, increased the 15 million reception plan for unaccompanied children and youth. In addition, he announced that he would work on the construction of a system that binds and supports the distribution of migrant women, men, and adolescents throughout the territory.
His ministry pointed out that these measures are part of the four axes of work they are looking for to “guarantee the well-being and comprehensive development of migrant minors who, above all, are women and men and, as such, deserve special protection.”
Another one of the axes is to launch a comprehensive plan that includes social, economic, and cultural measures for migrants in collaboration with autonomous communities. It adds to the study of legislative changes that allow the establishment of support mechanisms for autonomous communities, such as the Canary Islands, which, due to their situation, must respond, always framed by human rights.
5,100 minors in 66 centers
In this sense, the minister announced that, from tomorrow, Tuesday, to Thursday, he will travel to the Canary Archipelago to analyze the situation on the site. On your trip, you will meet Fernando Clavijo, president of the Government of the Canary Islands, as well as representatives of civil society. He will do it to find out for himself the “Canarian solution” for the care and distribution of 5,150 minor migrants; no partner currently resides in 66 centers, which are managed alone by the autonomous community, which is the one that has the power in this matter.
Catalonia is asking for more investment
For its part, the Generalitat of Catalonia calls for the immediate creation of a working group made up of all communities, the Ministry of Children, and the Ministry of Inclusion, to coordinate, plan, inform, and provide sufficient funds for the care of minors. The government reports that the minister is committed to doing it as soon as possible. The general secretary of children, Núria Valls, also asked for more investment because the current one is inadequate. “We see that the arrival of young migrants alone is not a specific situation but a structural issue, and we must properly assess which funds we need to work in the best conditions,” added Valls.
In the sectoral conference, Rego also pointed out the upcoming Youth Law. The minister informed the councilors of the importance of talking to the country, where the knowledge and experiences gained at the regional level in this area are included. Similarly, he also expressed his commitment to address the main challenges affecting youth, such as unemployment, access to housing, and mental health.
Regarding children, he assured that he considers it a priority to work to eradicate child poverty and that the government and the autonomous communities continue to support families and children. So the commitment to the development of this legislature is a universal income for raising, as announced by the Minister of Social Rights, Pablo Bustinduy, in the Commission on Social Rights and Consumption last Friday, where he assured that the goal is to expand the maternity deduction up to 6 years old. The Catalan Generalitat has also proposed an income to facilitate the emancipation of the youth.
Regarding child violence, Rego informed the comprehensive development of the Organic Law for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents Against Violence (LOPIVI), known as Leigh Rhodes, in coordination with other ministries, as well as in the implementation of child-friendly courts.
In addition, as the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, did this morning, Rego explained that the Council of Ministers will approve this Tuesday the creation of a group of experts to sponsor an “intergenerational agreement” through a package of measures—in the short term, medium term, and long term—that allow the implementation of a strategy to protect minors in the digital environment and that will lead to the Comprehensive Safe Digital Environment Act for Children and Youth.