From the investigative team: According to Europol’s chief of staff, Brian Donald, no fewer than 10,000 migrant children have gone missing in Europe. It is feared that some of them fell in the hands of drug gangs, human traffickers, or were sold into the sex industry. Others may have travelled to family or friends in Europe without reporting it. They have all but disappeared.

The plight of unaccompanied child migrants is one of the most pressing issues in the migrant crisis. The goal of Lost in Europe is to recover the stories of these missing children. It comprises a team of investigative journalists from the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and the UK, who are collaborating to find out what has happened to the disappeared children in Europe.

Supported by news organisations, such as BBC Radio 4 News, VPRO, De Standaard, Small Stream Media and Il Fatto Quotidiano this investigative journalism project will shine a light on wrongdoing and tell the stories of disappeared child migrants in the EU. Visit the project’s website.

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