Suitcase boy allowed to stay in Spain

SOLIDARITY CORPS: Explaining procedures to young people in Huercal-Overa Photo credit: Diputacion de Almeria

LITTLE Adou, the eight-year-old boy caught being smuggled into Spain across the Ceuta border in a suitcase on May 7, has been given a temporary residence permit.
The Spanish government has announced that the General Secretary of Immigration and Emigration of the Ministry of Employment has issued a one-year individual residence authorisation for the boy due to exceptional circumstances.
The permit has been produced based on the regulations of the Organic Law 4/2000 on January 11 on the rights and freedom of foreigners in Spain and their social integration.
The official notification has been sent to the Ceuta Foreigners’ Office, which sent the news to the director of the Mediterranean shelter where the boy has been since he was found in the case.
The authorisation will allow Adou to be reunited with his mother, although they will have to wait until results of DNA tests confirm that his parents are really his parents.
Mother Lucia Ouattara, who has been living in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands since 2006, was able to visit her son last Monday (May 18) at the shelter with her lawyer, Juan Isidro Fernandez.

Original story: Woman arrested for smuggling child in suitcase

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