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EU agency says: 10,000 migrant children lost in Europe

Authorities dealing with Europe's migrant crisis have lost track of unaccompanied children amid fears that organized crime gangs are beginning to exploit the vulnerable youngsters

FoxNews reports: European Union’s police agency officials add that though the number is already overwhelming, it is just a conservative estimate of the total amount of children lost over the past 12-18 months across the countries that are dealing with the refugee crisis.

 The author of the article continues: “The revelation that so many youngsters are unaccounted for is the latest worrying development in the migrant crisis and underscores the risks faced by people fleeing conflict, poverty and persecution in the Middle East, Africa and Asia even once they have reached the apparent safety of Europe.”  Europol Chief of Staff assumes that the tens of thousands of children were lost in the system and probably might be exploited by criminals.

Sweden, being a popular arrival point for refugees, already is conscious of the problem. However, the whereabouts of 1,900 of the 55,000 unaccompanied minors who have entered Sweden as asylum seekers in the past six years is still unclear.

Amir Hashemi-Nik of the Stockholm County Administration said some of those who disappear are believed to be in the grip of human-trafficking rings and end up in prostitution, begging or other criminal activities. some disappear simply because they don't like the place where they have been assigned and decide to leave, others go when they approach their 18th birthday because they are worried it will be harder to get asylum.

North African boys are particularly likely to go underground because, unlike Syrians or Afghans, they are unlikely to get asylum. "Many of them have lived on the streets in many other countries before coming to Sweden," the report said. "Many of these children become involved in crime," the author adds.

Last week Britain was urged to accept an unspecified number of refugee children from camps in the Middle West. The charities and opposition politicians pressured the authorities to provide additional funding to help reunite migrant families in Europe to evade the risks of people trafficking and sex abuse of minors.

The author concludes: “Of the 150,000 migrants and refugees rescued at sea and brought to Italy in 2015, accompanied minors accounted for 12,360, according to the UNHCR office in Rome. UNHCR official spokeswoman Carlotta Sami said there is no firm figure on just how many of those have slipped away or might have been exploited. "More than disappeared, they are on the move," often trying to reach relatives or other contacts in northern Europe, not wanting to stay in Italy, Sami said. "There is no certainty where they are" or if they ever reached their destination. Save the Children Italy spokesman Michele Prosperi said that Europol, "sounded an alarm that is based on a real risk" because thousands of minors don't stay within the system of migrant protection.”

The children who resulted to be accompanied in a foreign country are very vulnerable to violence or pressure with their open minds and beliefs that any stranger they meet on the way is just a part of their journey and poses no threat.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

Frauke Petr, the leader of AfD (Alternative for Germany), a growing popular party that will garner at least 12% of the vote in national elections according to polls, finally dared to address the burning migrant crisis which is on everyone’s mind. She said that according to the law, migrants can be shot at the border if needed, with the hope of deterring a major inflow. I disagree with this method but she just repeated German law.

SPD’s Sigmar Gabriel said in Stassi-style fashion in response that AfD must be monitored for threatening democracy. Since when does mentioning German law on the right of a state to guard its borders an experiment in undermining democracy? One does not need to agree with Petr, but the law is the law. But by silencing critics who dare question the madness of accepting millions of migrant males from a very different culture who do not wish to integrate, clearly Gabriel is concerned about AfD’s growing popularity. We can expect more and more of AfD’s demonization by mainstream politicians who try to stem the growing shift in public support for alternative parties.

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