18 YEARS AND ONE DAY

At turning 18, young immigrants in ward are forced to abandon public shelters.

 

Those new adults, without any family support, become homeless with no resources.  

 

Behind the definition of Non-Accompanied Foreign Minors there are thousands of kids of flesh and bones, mostly Maghrebi or sub-Saharans, who risk their lives to reach Spain by boat or hidden under the floor of a truck.

 

The live in shelters until they reach adulthood, but that day, when they turn 18, the protection system says goodbye and in many cases they are expelled without even having a place to sleep.  In the streets, without any family support, they become members of the homeless community.

 

The situation is even tougher when they abandon those centers without a residency permit.  From that moment they are in the country in an irregular state, and from day to night, they are candidates to receive a deportation order.

 

Nothing is easy for them.  In many cases, their temporary permit does not allow them to find a job, so many kids, lost in their labyrinth choose the wrong way, drugs and delinquency.

 

The protection system of minors in different regions in Spain have support programs for those ex-in ward adolescents, but there are more candidates than resources.

Versions

Spanish

Genre

Society

Length

1 x 45'

Type

One Off

Format

HD

Production

TVE