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With child refugees disappearing by the thousands, the EU is again allowing a migration-related taboo explode into a crisis

The recent influx of migrants seeking asylum in Europe has brought with it a disturbing phenomenon: thousands of unaccompanied minors who have disappeared off the radar of record-keeping departments.

International journalism collective Lost in Europe revealed on Sunday that over 18,000 unaccompanied minors have gone missing since arriving in European countries from 2018 to 2020. Not only is that figure likely too low, as currently 17 EU Member States and the UK do not provide full data on these disappearances, but the continent’s resources are currently maladapted to deal with what may be a main cause of the phenomenon: rampant exploitation of minors by criminal networks within Europe, some of which are run by adult migrants themselves.

While impatience with lengthy asylum-seeking processes, fears of deportation, and journeying to be reunited with relatives are mentioned among the valid explanations for why sizable numbers of child migrants have gone missing after entering the EU, “potential abduction and/or exploitation” is another, increasingly cited, reason for the missing-persons cases.

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