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Latest update : 2013-08-23

Providing a new life for the 8,000 lone immigrant minors in France

Young, alone and often on the other side of the world. There are some 8,000 migrant under 18s in France, many of whom have arrived there after fleeing war, poverty and other hardships back home. Support groups such as France Terre d'Asile tries to help them by integrating them into French life and finding them work. But the Mayenne area in France's Loire region has said it won't take in such migrants, saying there are too many of them for the limited resources they have.

By Julien Muntzer , Alexandra RENARD

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