Partner: SAMU

SAMU and Better Shelter

The Spanish ‘Servicios de Asistencia Medica de Urgencia, SAMU in Spanish, purchased 36 Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHUs) in support of its operations in the Spanish city of Ceuta on the Mediterranean Coast. In May 2021, the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Mellija observed an uncontrolled arrival of migrants to its water and land borders with Morocco. It is estimated that over 6000 migrants arrived in one single day followed by a daily average of 1500 people, either swimming across the sea border or crossing the land border. It is believed the influx comes amid renewed tension over Western Sahara, a territory occupied by Spain until 1975 when Morocco annexed it. Since then it has been disputed between Morocco and the indigenous Sahrawi people, led by the Polisario Front.

SAMU used the RHUs as community infrastructure and children-friendly spaces to undertake a series of activities with the migrant children on the Spanish border.

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Project Information

LocationCeuta, Spain

ImplementationJul 2021

Number of units30

ApplicationCommunity infrastructure and children-friendly spaces