Ximoara, an evicted mother in Spain
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Evicted single mother in Spain: 'I never thought I'd be on the streets'

14 March 2013 Last updated at 14:54 GMT

The European Court of Justice has ruled that property repossession legislation in Spain violates European consumer protection laws.

Xiomara, who left the Dominican Republic to live in Spain, is one of thousands of people evicted for not being able to pay her mortgage.

With debts of almost 133,000 euros ($172,000; £115,000) with a Spanish bank, she struggles to get by on her unemployment benefits.

Video produced by BBC Mundo's Alvaro A. Ricciardelli