900 juvenile refugees disappeared in 2007

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The figures came from an organisation’s report who is calling on the government to invest more in the refugee centres.

23 April 2008

BELGIUM - More than 900 juvenile refugees disappeared from the refugee shelters in Belgium in 2007. This figure comes from the 2007 annual report of Child Focus. The organisation is calling on the different governments in Belgium to invest more in the refugee centres and the reception of juvenile refugees.

Child Focus is the European Centre for Missing and Sexually Exploited Children.

The organisation is very worried about the refugee children. No one seems to know what happens with the children who 'disappear' from the refugee shelters. It is uncertain whether they leave willingly or not.

More children ran away in 2007
Apart from the refugee juveniles who are disappearing from the shelters, Child Focus is also concerned about the number of children who ran away from home in 2007 in Belgium.

Child Focus says that the number of cases that the organisation is actually alerted to only forms the tip of the iceberg.

Over 8500 incidents of missing juveniles were reported to the police in 2007: an increase of 11 percent compared to the year before.

[flandersenews.be / Expatica]

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