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Published on May 31, 2016
MEP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt in her capacity as co-chair of the EP intergroup on child rights together with Missing Children Europe organised an information seminar on International Missing Children’s day, commemorated on the 25th of May across the world.
A 2013 study by the European Commission reported that 250,000 children are reported missing in the EU every year. Child disappearances include children who run away from home or institutions in which they have been placed, children who are abducted by a parent following a family conflict, children who go missing in the context of migration, criminal abductions and lost, injured or otherwise missing children.
A recent statement by Europol flagged the disappearance of 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children, and the risk of trafficking to which these children are confronted. Many of these children have been exposed to situations of violence, abuse or neglect.
The aim of the event was to equip EU leaders with information and guidance from the grassroots on legislation that can have a real impact on the protection of all missing children.