Unaccompanied minors who go to Europe as irregular migrants disappear.
According to the study conducted by Belgian newspapers De Standaard and Knack with the investigative journalism organization Lost in Europe, no news is heard from 18,292 children who come to Europe without their relatives since 2018.
It is presumed that these children may have been used by organized crime groups or were forced to work.
It is stated that most of these children come from Morocco, Algeria, Eritrea, Guinea and Afghanistan. It was noted that in some countries such as Romania and France, the number may actually be much higher, as such cases of disappearance are not recorded.
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It was stated that in the last year, immigration has decreased due to the Covid-19 outbreak, so the number of missing children has also decreased compared to previous years.
According to the study, the methods used by European countries in registration are not compatible with each other. For this reason, it was stated that the data are not very healthy. It turns out that in some cases children are registered as adults and some adults as children. It has been reported that some children changed countries within Europe, disappeared in the country they went to, and thus were registered as missing several times.
It was stated that Ylva Johansson, the member of the European Union (EU) Commission responsible for internal affairs, said that they were “very concerned” about the disappearance of the children, but the EU Commission put the responsibility on the member states.
European police agency Europol reported that at least 10,000 immigrant children were missing in 2016.
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