Where the Lost Child Refugees Go
by aupara123 on February 1, 2016 - 8:55pm
A recent report made by the Save the Children Association states that around 26,000 children migrated to Europe in 2015 without any family. More than 10,000 are suspected to have vanished shorty after their arrival in one of Europe’s many countries in the last two years. Europol (https://www.europol.europa.eu/faq#n77), a European agency whose mission is to control crimes and to contribute to Europe’s law enforcement, claims that thousands of these children have disappeared after going through customs. The European law-enforcement agency, which has provided for the first time a Europe-wide estimate of the number of lost children, fears that many of them could have been obliged to be exploited sexually and to become enslaved in criminal gangs. Although Europol believes that some of these children could have been picked up by family members, its chief of staff stated in the article “Migrant crisis: More than 10,000 children ‘missing’” (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35453589) published in the BBC News on January 31st 2016 that “it’s not unreasonable to say that we are looking at 10,000-plus children [missing]”.
Italian officials claimed that from summer 2014 to May 2015, as many as 5,000 children went missing from asylum reception centers. Trelleborg authorities declared in October that approximately 1,000 refugee kids and youths who had come to the town month earlier had disappeared.
Aside from being forced into sexual exploitation, being enslaved in criminal gangs and having been taken in by family members, a spokesman from Europol declared that some of them could have not registered and checked in after their arrival in Greece, which was the destination of close to 1 million refugees who arrived in boats, migrating from the Middle East. Nevertheless, Europol still puts emphasis on the fact that criminal gangs are aiming now more than ever migrants to traffic humans. Child refugees and youths are the most at risk. According International Organization for Migration spokesperson Leonard Doyle, it is shocking that so many refugees are disappearing, but it is not surprising. This is what he told the BBC News.
Fabio Sorgoni from the Italian charity On The Road said to Katya Adler, a BBC Europe editor, that “there is a very short window of time to provide unaccompanied minors arriving in Europe with a safe haven”. These youths are lodged in reception centres. They are able to leave them in the day, which makes them an easy prey for criminal gangs and exploitation. Reception centers face a major difficulty knowing who the victims areas they do not have many translators. Many child refugees run away and have to care for themselves on the streets.
UK government claims it is going to greet new Syrian child migrants and refugees from zones that are currently experiencing war, although it did also say that it would not accept child refuges who are currently in another European country.
On Saturday January 30th 2016, a minimum of 39 refugees, some of which were children, died while attempting to swim across the Aegean Sea separating Greece and Turkey. According to the IOM, “244 migrants had drowned in the Mediterranean so far this year, out of 55, 568 arrivals.”
The information on this major problem was taken from the article “Migrant crisis: More than 10,000 children ‘missing’” (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35453589), published in the BBC News on 31 January 2016. The actual article can be found by following this address: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35453589. Even though this article contains no author, the information used comes from a credible source. Indeed, the BBC, or the British Broadcasting Corporation founded on October 18, 1922, is a public service broadcaster. The government and all of the profits the corporation makes are invested for new programming. Many surveys filled out by the public qualified the BBC to be a reliable source, although some people claimed it to be a non-reliable source. Personally, I find the BBC to be a reliable source, but it depends on each reader.