10,000 child refugees vanish after arrival in Europe: Europol

Sun Jan 31, 2016

Displaced children in a French refugee camp
Displaced children in a French refugee camp

 

More than 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have vanished following their arrival in Europe and may have fallen into the hands of organized trafficking gangs, EU’s criminal intelligence agency says.

Europol Chief of Staff Brian Donald warned in a Saturday interview with UK-based daily Observer that a sophisticated pan-European “criminal infrastructure” was now targeting refugees, adding that 5,000 of the missing children had disappeared in Italy alone with 1,000 more unaccounted for in Sweden.

A refugee child walks from the Macedonian border into Serbia, near the village of Miratovac. (AP)

“It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children,” Donald stated. “Not all of them will be criminally exploited; some might have been passed on to family members. We just don’t know where they are, what they’re doing or whom they are with.”

He said the minors went missing after registering with state authorities, noting that the discovery came to light in the first attempt by European law enforcement agencies to keep track of one of the most disturbing aspects of the continent’s refugee crisis.

“Whether they are registered or not, we’re talking about 270,000 children. Not all of those are unaccompanied, but we also have evidence that a large proportion might be,” Donald emphasized, suggesting that the figure would likely prove to be a conservative estimate and the actual number may be even higher.

A young refugee girl is seen at the Vinojug reception center for refugees in Gevgelija, on the border with Greece.

According to UK-based NGO Save the Children, an estimated 26,000 unaccompanied children entered Europe in 2015.

This is while Europol, which has a 900-strong force of intelligence analysts and police liaison officers, believes 27 percent of the nearly one million asylum seekers who arrived in Europe last year were minors.

According to the British daily, officials in southern Swedish city of Trelleborg revealed that some 1,000 unaccompanied refugee children who had entered the port city over the previous month had disappeared.

A separate report released Tuesday in Sweden further warned that many unaccompanied refugees had gone missing and that there was “very little information about what happens after the disappearance.”

In the UK, the daily adds, the number of child refugees who vanish soon after arriving as asylum seekers has doubled over the past year, raising concerns that they are also being targeted by criminal gangs.

 

Source: http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/01/31/448043/Europe-European-Union-refugee-crisis-child-refugees-Europol-Brian-Donald-Italy-Sweden

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5 Responses to “10,000 child refugees vanish after arrival in Europe: Europol”

  1. Lynn says:

    They have to get their slave labour and sacrificial lambs from somewhere. These kids are worth money to the Elite. Poverty was always their best friend.

  2. Dublinmick says:

    They are headed to Buckinghma palace for another blood drinking fest.

  3. ian says:

    The children would have been better in Syria, than what faces them. The adults are here to fight us for our country, when someone decides it’s time to kick off. For every British woman raped, or Britain killed by the immigrants, we should suspend an MP from a lamp post. That should calm it down rapidly.

  4. salty says:

    Major brands exploiting Syria refugee kids

    Tue Feb 2, 2016.

    http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/02/02/448382/Syria-refugee-children-Europe-Europol-Turkey

    Syrian refugee kids have been working in Turkish factories that supply two major European clothes retailers after reports that thousands of refugee children have disappeared in Europe.

    According to a report by the international NGO, the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, the children have been employed by three of suppliers for Next and H&M.

    The charity said only 10 out of the 28 companies surveyed responded to its investigations while five refrained from doing so at all.

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