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    At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates.

    In the first attempt by law enforcement agencies to quantify one of the most worrying aspects of the migrant crisis, Europol’s chief of staff told the Observer that thousands of vulnerable minors had vanished after registering with state authorities.

    Brian Donald said 5,000 children had disappeared in Italy alone, while another 1,000 were unaccounted for in Sweden. He warned that a sophisticated pan-European “criminal infrastructure” was now targeting refugees. “It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children. 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.”

    The plight of unaccompanied child refugees has emerged as one of the most pressing issues in the migrant crisis. Last week it was announced that Britain would accept more unaccompanied minors from Syria and other conflict zones.

    According to Save the Children, an estimated 26,000 unaccompanied children entered Europe last year. Europol, which has a 900-strong force of intelligence analysts and police liaison officers, believes 27% of the million arrivals in Europe last year were minors.

    “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,” said Donald, indicating that the 10,000 figure is likely to be a conservative estimate of the actual number of unaccompanied minors who have disappeared since entering Europe.

    In October, officials in Trelleborg, southern Sweden, revealed that some 1,000 unaccompanied refugee children who had arrived in the port town over the previous month had gone missing. On Tuesday a separate report, again from Sweden, warned that many unaccompanied refugees vanished and that there was “very little information about what happens after the disappearance”.

    In the UK the number of children who disappear soon after arriving as asylum seekers has doubled over the past year, raising fears that they are also being targeted by criminal gangs.

    Mariyana Berket, of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said: “Unaccompanied minors from regions of conflict are by far the most vulnerable population; those without parental care that have either been sent by their families to get into Europe first and then get the family over, or have fled with other family members.”

    Donald confirmed Europol had received evidence some unaccompanied child refugees in Europe had been sexually exploited. In Germany and Hungary, the former a popular destination country for refugees and migrants, with the latter an important transit state, large numbers of criminals had been caught exploiting migrants, he said. “An entire [criminal] infrastructure has developed over the past 18 months around exploiting the migrant flow. There are prisons in Germany and Hungary where the vast majority of people arrested and placed there are in relation to criminal activity surrounding the migrant crisis,” said Donald.

    The police agency has also documented a disturbing crossover between organised gangs helping to smuggle refugees into the EU and human-trafficking gangs exploiting them for sex work and slavery. He said that longstanding criminal gangs known to be involved in human trafficking, whose identity had been logged in the agency’s Phoenix database, were now being caught exploiting refugees.

    “The ones who have been active in human smuggling are now appearing in our files in relation to migrant smuggling,” said Donald.

    Europol will take evidence from organisations working on the Balkans route, which requested a meeting with the law enforcement agency specifically to discuss children vanishing. “Their concern is in relation to the number of unaccompanied minors. They’re asking for help in identifying how these children are identified and then brought into the criminal infrastructure. They’re dealing with this on a daily basis, they’ve come to us because they see it as a big problem.” He warned the public to be vigilant, stating that most child refugees who had gone missing would be hiding in plain sight. “These kids are in the community, if they’re being abused it’s in the community. They’re not being spirited away and held in the middle of forests, though I suspect some might be, they’re in the community – they’re visible. As a population we need to be alert to this.”

    Europe’s chaotic approach to the migration crisis led last week to calls for Greece to be removed from the open-borders Schengen zone, a development that a senior UN official has described as a “new nadir” in the EU’s approach.

    Writing in the Observer, the UN special representative on migration, Peter Sutherland, said such a move would “effectively transform it [Greece] into an open-air holding pen for countless thousands of asylum seekers. The idea is inhumane and a gross violation of basic European principles”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...child-refugees
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    Why do you have an extremists avatar?
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    (Original post by BaconandSauce)
    Why do you have an extremists avatar?
    Did you read the OP?
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    This is particularly worrying.

    That so many minors (and I imagine the same can apply to adults) can just go missing is something to be concerned about, especially as we aren't entirely sure where they might be.

    This is perhaps another reason why more needs to be done to properly register and keep track of immigrants to europe.
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    (Original post by AlifunArnab)
    Did you read the OP?
    Yes

    I'm more interested on why you have an extremists avatar

    Are you a wannabe jihadi?
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    It's a pan-European criminal organisation...ran by Arabs, don't act like this is a European problem. The victims and 'clients' are not European. These domestic and sexual slaves will serve in Islamic homes in Islamic communities across Europe, why is that never mentioned?
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    (Original post by Farm_Ecology)
    This is particularly worrying.

    That so many minors (and I imagine the same can apply to adults) can just go missing is something to be concerned about, especially as we aren't entirely sure where they might be.

    This is perhaps another reason why more needs to be done to properly register and keep track of immigrants to europe.

    Agreed.

    It would also be easier to filter out those in genuine need from those who are simply trying to take advantage of the situation. I've also been following a few activists who've been tracking war criminals entering European countries which also needs to be dealt with.
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    (Original post by Roofas)
    It's a pan-European criminal organisation...ran by Arabs, don't act like this is a European problem. The victims and 'clients' are not European. These domestic and sexual slaves will serve in Islamic homes in Islamic communities across Europe, why is that never mentioned?
    As they say follow the money

    But as we know like for some is so very cheap and expendable
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    (Original post by zodiacllight)
    What is extremist about Arabic calligraphy? Is the white boy scared again?
    The image is well connected with Islamic extremism

    But well done for the racist quip (reported)
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    (Original post by BaconandSauce)
    Yes

    I'm more interested on why you have an extremists avatar

    Are you a wannabe jihadi?
    If you're really that interested, make a new thread and I'll be more than happy to discuss my views. Otherwise, I'd appreciate it if you can stick to the topic.
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    (Original post by BaconandSauce)
    The image is well connected with Islamic extremism

    But well done for the racist quip (reported)
    How do you know? Translate it. Anything that is foreign or is not in Latin script frightens you
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    (Original post by AlifunArnab)
    If you're really that interested, make a new thread and I'll be more than happy to discuss my views. Otherwise, I'd appreciate it if you can stick to the topic.
    As this is a student forum not some meeting group for Al-Muhajiroun
    I'll stick to the no platform attitude jihadi boy and follow you around making sure everyone knows you have 'those' sympathy's
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    (Original post by AlifunArnab)
    At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates.

    In the first attempt by law enforcement agencies to quantify one of the most worrying aspects of the migrant crisis, Europol’s chief of staff told the Observer that thousands of vulnerable minors had vanished after registering with state authorities.

    Brian Donald said 5,000 children had disappeared in Italy alone, while another 1,000 were unaccounted for in Sweden. He warned that a sophisticated pan-European “criminal infrastructure” was now targeting refugees. “It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children. 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.”

    The plight of unaccompanied child refugees has emerged as one of the most pressing issues in the migrant crisis. Last week it was announced that Britain would accept more unaccompanied minors from Syria and other conflict zones.

    According to Save the Children, an estimated 26,000 unaccompanied children entered Europe last year. Europol, which has a 900-strong force of intelligence analysts and police liaison officers, believes 27% of the million arrivals in Europe last year were minors.

    “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,” said Donald, indicating that the 10,000 figure is likely to be a conservative estimate of the actual number of unaccompanied minors who have disappeared since entering Europe.

    In October, officials in Trelleborg, southern Sweden, revealed that some 1,000 unaccompanied refugee children who had arrived in the port town over the previous month had gone missing. On Tuesday a separate report, again from Sweden, warned that many unaccompanied refugees vanished and that there was “very little information about what happens after the disappearance”.

    In the UK the number of children who disappear soon after arriving as asylum seekers has doubled over the past year, raising fears that they are also being targeted by criminal gangs.

    Mariyana Berket, of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), said: “Unaccompanied minors from regions of conflict are by far the most vulnerable population; those without parental care that have either been sent by their families to get into Europe first and then get the family over, or have fled with other family members.”

    Donald confirmed Europol had received evidence some unaccompanied child refugees in Europe had been sexually exploited. In Germany and Hungary, the former a popular destination country for refugees and migrants, with the latter an important transit state, large numbers of criminals had been caught exploiting migrants, he said. “An entire [criminal] infrastructure has developed over the past 18 months around exploiting the migrant flow. There are prisons in Germany and Hungary where the vast majority of people arrested and placed there are in relation to criminal activity surrounding the migrant crisis,” said Donald.

    The police agency has also documented a disturbing crossover between organised gangs helping to smuggle refugees into the EU and human-trafficking gangs exploiting them for sex work and slavery. He said that longstanding criminal gangs known to be involved in human trafficking, whose identity had been logged in the agency’s Phoenix database, were now being caught exploiting refugees.

    “The ones who have been active in human smuggling are now appearing in our files in relation to migrant smuggling,” said Donald.

    Europol will take evidence from organisations working on the Balkans route, which requested a meeting with the law enforcement agency specifically to discuss children vanishing. “Their concern is in relation to the number of unaccompanied minors. They’re asking for help in identifying how these children are identified and then brought into the criminal infrastructure. They’re dealing with this on a daily basis, they’ve come to us because they see it as a big problem.” He warned the public to be vigilant, stating that most child refugees who had gone missing would be hiding in plain sight. “These kids are in the community, if they’re being abused it’s in the community. They’re not being spirited away and held in the middle of forests, though I suspect some might be, they’re in the community – they’re visible. As a population we need to be alert to this.”

    Europe’s chaotic approach to the migration crisis led last week to calls for Greece to be removed from the open-borders Schengen zone, a development that a senior UN official has described as a “new nadir” in the EU’s approach.

    Writing in the Observer, the UN special representative on migration, Peter Sutherland, said such a move would “effectively transform it [Greece] into an open-air holding pen for countless thousands of asylum seekers. The idea is inhumane and a gross violation of basic European principles”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...child-refugees
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    (Original post by BaconandSauce)
    Doesn't is say 'Mohammed was a kiddy fiddler and camel thief may he rot in hell for eternity with demons doing inappropriate things to his man bits?'

    But sarcasm aside it's continuations are well documented and should not be welcome on places like TSR.

    Your attitude should not be welcomed on places like TSRthe offensive quip (reported)
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    (Original post by TeeEm)
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    Perhaps you don't care about the lives of other human beings but I certainly do.
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    (Original post by zodiacllight)
    Your attitude should not be welcomed on places like TSRthe offensive quip (reported)
    You asked me what I though it said

    If you don't like the response don't ask the question (or try goading me with racist remarks as I can stoop lower than your average rum of the mill racist like yourself having years of experience dealing with such idiots.)
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    (Original post by AlifunArnab)
    Perhaps you don't care about the lives of other human beings but I certainly do.
    But only those with beards and whose trousers look like they have divorced their ankles.

    If you cared you'd do something to stop your Muslim brothers from killing each other rather than making posts on a student forum (where the majority belief is you have no one to blame but yourselves) displaying and extremist avatar
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    (Original post by BaconandSauce)
    Doesn't is say 'Mohammed was a kiddy fiddler and camel thief may he rot in hell for eternity with demons doing inappropriate things to his man bits?'

    But sarcasm aside it's continuations are well documented and should not be welcome on places like TSR.

    Freedom of speech
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    (Original post by whorace)
    Freedom of speech
    No such thing in TSR
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    (Original post by BaconandSauce)
    No such thing in TSR
    I've been banned enough times to know this, the original post is not malicious and is actually raising a fairly civil issue, his political opinions should be of no consequence really, however revolting we might find them.
 
 
 
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