Disappearances of unaccompanied foreign minors in Spain: an initial approach to their significance

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Mercedes Gema Jiménez Álvarez, investigadora postdoctoral, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

This article focuses on unaccompanied foreign minors (MENA) in Spain who, after being identified as such, leave the country’s protection systems. The initial hypothesis argues that such disappearances are related to various forms of institutional abuse in the regions, which cause minors to flee the Spanish protection system and move to other countries in Europe, with Sweden, in particular, a leading destination. The epistemological framework of this ethnography is based on understanding the migration of minors as a form of circulation, the autonomous nature of this migration, and institutional abuse as an expression of biopower or the disciplining of this group. 

Key words:  Spain, autonomous migration, disappearances, mobility, institutional abuse, unaccompanied foreign minors (MENA)

How to cite this article: Jiménez Álvarez, Mercedes. «Desapariciones de menores extranjeros no acompañados (MENA) en España: una primera aproximación a sus significados». Anuario CIDOB de la Inmigración 2019 (noviembre de 2019), p. 168-188. DOI: doi.org/10.24241/AnuarioCIDOBInmi.2019.168

DOI: doi.org/10.24241/AnuarioCIDOBInmi.2019.168

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