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Join our online Databootcamp on 11 and 12 March

After the success of the first Databootcamp in October 2018, Lost in Europe is organising the Second Databootcamp on Thursday and Friday 11&12 March 2021. This time it's online!
We will be counting the disappearances of migrant children. Which figures are there, which are not? In our research into the numbers of disappearances, Lost in Europe discovered that there is a large discrepancy in the figures. According to Missing Children Europe, 30,000 newcomers went missing in Europe between 2014 and 2017. What are the most recent figures? What is lacking in international cooperation and detection by European national governments and the police in the protection of children? What does jurisprudence say? And how can Lost in Europe create clear storytelling about these facts and figures?

Are you an expert on migration or do you work for an NGO specialised in human trafficking and children's rights? Then join the data bootcamp and help us for two days to better understand and visualise this complex problem.

Depending on your busy schedule, you can choose to attend all sessions or just share your expertise in the expert sessions. Please e-mail Geesje van Haren for more information:

4 Mar 2021
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NEW: Lost in Europe on Instagram

NEW: Lost in Europe on Instagram! Support our work, show your interest in the thousands of missing child migrants and follow the stories we recover at:

21 Nov 2020
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Advent calendar. Get yours now

We have something interesting coming up for you: our Lost in Europe advent calendar! Unlock a new story every day on our brand new website. 24 Stories await, starting December 1st until December 24th. Don't want to miss a single story? Sign up for our advent mail here

19 Nov 2020


The #UnmaskTheTruth campaign supports journalists who are committed to unmasking the truth. Free Press Unlimited spoke with Sanne Terlingen, one of the founders of Lost in Europe. You can read the article here.

9 Sep 2020

At least 150 asylum seekers can be traced back to the COA data breach

After a data breach at the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA), 150 suspected victims of human trafficking and smuggling may have been at risk. This is evident from a response from the COA, which accidentally published nearly 1,200 reports of suspected human trafficking on its site in June.

30 Aug 2020
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Geesje van Haren in Emerging Stories

Co-founder Geesje van Haren explains in this video (English, 15mins.) how and why the Lost in Europe collective of journalists started, and what has been achieved to date. She talks about the Argos revelations by Sanne Terlingen. Geesje also shows the work she did in Sicily with Ahmet Polat and Dan Archer for National Geographic on missing refugee minors and highlights the work of Lost in Europe 's media partners The Guardian and NRC.

Watch the video 'Journalism in isolation' of Pakhuis de Zwijger's Emerging Stories here.

20 Jun 2020
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Panel discussion on 'Media Narratives on Migrants'

Lost in Europe's Ismail Einashe will be speaking on this panel discussion on 'Media Narratives on Migrants during Covid-19' at 6:30 pm (IST), 23 June 2020 Tuesday. The discussion will focus on the coverage and characterisation of migrants by mainstream media during this global pandemic. 

20 Jun 2020

Nearly 14,000 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in the EU in 2019

Eurostat figures show that in 2019 13,800 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in the 27 EU Member States. That is almost 20% less compared to 2018. Two thirds of the unaccompanied children were between 16 and 17 years old. No less than 11% of the children were younger than 14 years old. The majority asked for asylum in either Greece, Germany and Belgium.

28 Apr 2020

Procecutor Warner Ten Kate: 'Many children are still running away'

For at least fifteen years, children have been disappearing from asylum centers. Now they are Vietnamese. Time for action, says Warner ten Kate. Warner ten Kate, national prosecutor in charge of human trafficking, had a flashback when he read the investigation into the disappearance of Vietnamese children from asylum centers late last month. Wait a minute, Ten Kate says on the phone, and he searches his digital archive. 'Shall I just read it?'

10 Apr 2020

30,000 migrant children disappeared in Europe between 2014 and 2017

In early 2016, Europol's top official Brian Donald told British newspaper "The Observer" that at least 10,000 unaccompanied migrants and refugee children have disappeared since 2014 after arriving in Europe. At the time, Donald stated that it would probably be more than 10,000 children and that this figure would be a "conservative" figure. Meanwhile, the European Migration Network, which is funded by the European Union and coordinated by the European Commission, estimates that 30,000 children traveling alone have disappeared between 2014 and 2017.

12 Mar 2020

19,845 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in the EU in 2018

In 2018, 19,845 unaccompanied children applied for asylum in the EU, according to Eurostat. This figure is much lower than in the previous years, in 2017 31,400 children applied for asylum and 63,250 children in 2016. More than half of them came from one of these 6 countries; Afghanistan (16%), Eritrea (10%), Pakistan or Syria (both 7%) and Guinea or Iraq (6%).

2 Mar 2020

177 children disappeared from the Asylum Seeker' Center Oisterwijk, NL

In ten years, 2,500 children disappeared from asylum centers. There is little one can do about it.

12 Jan 2020

Frugal reception does not detain asylum children

The guidance of minor asylum seekers is inadequate. More than 1,600 children ran away from reception locations for asylum seekers in the past 4.5 years, according to figures requested by NRC this week. It is not known where they are of the runaway children under the age of eighteen.

6 Nov 2019

1600 children disappeared from asylum centers

Over 1,600 asylum children have run away from reception locations in the past 4.5 years. The children have left “with an unknown destination” and it is not clear where they are now. This is evident from figures that NRC requested from the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) and Nidos, which has custody of all unaccompanied minors in the Netherlands. The numbers are higher than known so far, because the Nidos figures were not included earlier. NRC is part of the international journalist collective "Lost in Europe" that investigates runaway asylum children.

2 Jun 2019

Many children disappear from shelter

In the past five years, at least sixty Vietnamese children 'with an unknown destination' have disappeared from protected shelter in the Netherlands. These children, especially teenagers, are part of a larger group of 1,080 underage asylum seekers who disappeared from different locations of the immigration shelter between 2013 and 2017, and of whom no one knows where they are.

29 Mar 2019

Hundreds of trafficked children 'lost' by local authorities

A quarter of trafficked children who were in the care of local authorities in the UK last year have gone missing from the system, according to new research by two British charities that work with vulnerable children. These figures raise serious questions about the capacity of local authorities to provide a safe environment for vulnerable children who arrive in the UK alone, or after being rescued from trafficking gangs.

15 Dec 2018

'Lost in Europe' in search of thousands of missing migrant children

Thousands of refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe. How is that possible? Why does no one know where they are and what happened? And why doesn't anyone know exactly how many there are? Two years ago, Europol named the number of 10,000 missing refugee children. It was an estimate. They fear the children will become victims of criminal networks. Yet nothing has changed since then. In fact, this week, Europol reports that there is still no insight into the number of refugee children who are victims of human traffickers. "But a future increase is expected." How can thousands of children just disappear in Europe? And does this also happen in the Netherlands? The international journalist collective 'Lost in Europe' is looking.

27 Oct 2018