million migrants came to Europe in 2016.
unaccompanied children disappeared in Europe in 2015.
countries in which this program will be implemented.
In 2016, over 1.2 million migrants came to Europe. Out of these, 25% were children and more than 60,000 of them had come to Europe without their parents or caretakers. In 2015, at least 10,000 unaccompanied migrant children disappeared within hours of being registered. Research has found that cases of migrant children are less prioritised than other child disappearances.
There are many reasons to why children go missing: the asylum process is too complex and takes too long, in addition, the chances to get an approval can be small. There’s no clear information on children’s rights or what services that are available to them. They can also go missing because they have been forced into sexual or labour exploitation, or are indebted to smugglers.
Regardless of why they go missing, once they disappear outside the protection systems, these children are extremely vulnerable – mentally, emotionally and to those who want to do them harm. Not investing in the protection of these children, will come at a great cost for the European societies.
The H&M Foundation has joined forces with Missing Children Europe, the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children, who represent a network of 29 NGO’s in 26 countries.
With a total donation of 11.3 million Swedish krona for a three year period, our project aim to close the protection gaps which lead to the disappearance and exploitation of children in migration.
Research and feedback from grassroots professionals show that when protection and support is available, less children go missing. When missing migrant children cases are followed up on properly, more children are brought back to safety. The AMINA programme, coordinated by Missing Children Europe with the funding of the H&M Foundation, will seek to make sure that every child’s life is equal, as it should be.