Public Ministry

Thursday, 4. January 2018

It is a statement which is ordered classified as irregular immigrants of questionable age. Will only occur with those who refuse to pass the relevant forensic tests to determine his age. In 2010, 136 immigrants were considered adults from 299 that were not accompanied by anyone upon arrival in Catalonia. The Prosecutor of Catalonia has issued a statement ordering catalogue as adults of dubious age irregular migrants ensuring be minors, when they refuse to undergo forensic tests to prove it. In his statement, the top Prosecutor of Catalonia, Teresa Compte, sets the protocols that prosecutors must follow before growing cases of mostly African immigrants seeking institutional protection proving in their passports that are minors, though his physical appearance indicates otherwise. In the year 2010, the Prosecutor of Catalonia ordered 299 investigations to determine the age of 299 immigrants unaccompanied, of which 136, nearly half, ended up being cataloged as adults, according to data from the memory of the Public Ministry for 2010.

The circular from the Procurator’s office coincides with two recent rulings that have called into question the reliability of radiological testing (primarily of the wrist and the teeth) that are used to determine the age of minors, a few tests that according to these young immigrants dnsa associations have a margin of error of two years, in the case of the Sub-Saharan harms them given its greater girth. In his statement, Teresa Compte alert that will increase the number of foreigners without families, mostly from countries in the Gulf of Guinea, which claim to be minors, crediting it with passports and birth registration, while by your physical appearance it seems obvious that they are adults. According to the prosecution, the number of these foreigners is high and sometimes have come to occupy more than half of the squares in the reception centres, with the problems posed by the fact of being mixed with minors and employ assistance and training resources that are reserved for these. The statement warns that many countries have civil records of dubious reliability and issued passports from the mere manifestation of personal data, while in others, such as Ivory Coast, Ghana or Togo, not enroll children with a name until after several years, which reflects long to decide that more suits you. In the countries with which Spain has no agreement agreements, instruction sets that it must be follow medical criteria to determine the age in borderline cases. In such situations, the circular from the Procurator’s Office requires to open a dossier for protective and summon the minor to practise the corresponding radiological tests, including the ortopantomografica or denture radiography. Minor must be informed, if necessary through interpreter, the process and its consequences, but will be considered of legal age if it refuses to undergo x-rays and be examined by the coroner, always that its appearance is that of an adult, the Prosecutor does not appreciate that it’s a minor contempt or fearful and that there are no other data in your records that point to the contrary.

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