18,000 unaccompanied minors disappeared in Europe

The German broadcaster RBB quoted a joint data analysis by the British “Guardian” and the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation VPRO as saying that between 2018 and 2020, 18,292 unaccompanied refugee children and young people were reported to have disappeared after being in nation custody. Most of the missing children are from Morocco, Algeria and Eritrea. Analysis of research networks in Europe shows that there are clear differences between national statistics: therefore, France, Denmark and Romania do not collect any data on unaccompanied refugee children, and Bulgaria does not treat accompanied and unaccompanied minors. Make a distinction. According to the report, from the Federal Criminal Police, between 2018 and 2020, 7,806 unaccompanied minors disappeared in Germany. Most came from Afghanistan, Morocco and Algeria. 7082 minors have turned up again,724 are still missing.According to the ARD chart, in Austria, 207 children disappeared from reception centers between 2018 and 2020.In accordance to the answer to the inquiry from the Ministry of the Interior,5730 minors in Austria received legally binding protection status last year. Among them, 5,544 were accompanied minors, with 5,028 were under the age of 14, and 516 were between 14 and 18.According to the Asylum Coordination Austria   and according to a NGO broadcast, more than half of the minors disappear. In the case of some of them , it may be that they are of legal age afterwards. The Contrast blog, which belongs to SP, stated that by 2020, 1,467 unaccompanied minors in Austria have applied for asylum, but only 432 of them have been included in the procedure, of which 265 are considered adults and two of them have been transferred to other EU countries. The investigators suspect  criminal networks behind the disappearance of many of the minors. In 2016, European police authorities publicly warned against taking such measures.