Geesje van Haren has run her own media organization VersPers for over 15 years. Geesje is the driving force of the Lost in Europe project and leads a growing team of journalists in Europe. She coordinates the research on the ground, brings the team together, works in the field and is responsible for fundraising. Geesje also has extensive experience as a media producer in the Netherlands and she teaches investigative journalism, entrepreneurship and photography. She is also founder of the private school for investigative journalism Open Eyes Amsterdam.



Still not totally safe in the UK

When I came out of the truck from Belgium I really didn't know where I was. I wasn't even able to speak the language. So I had to wait for help untill someone from Sudan came by.

15 Oct 2020


Dreamed of becoming a singer

I'm Destiny and I'm 23 years old, living in Palermo. I left Nigeria when I was 14 years old. One day, I told the trafficker that he wouldn't get my money anymore. That was a hard choice to make.  

14 Nov 2020


Must go to England

Hi, my name is Jamal. I am 16 years old. Right now I am staying in Dunkirk in a tent. When ISIS came in Iraq, we all left. My cousin and I are going to the UK.

30 Nov 2020


Runs a hostel for minors in Sicily

The problems for most unaccompanied migrants who stay in my hostel are the long waiting times for ID papers and the fingerprinting. They are not prepared to wait for them.  

1 Nov 2020

'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

Lost in Rome

All roads lead to Rome. It's an old saying that never went out of style. Many people still come to Rome for work or holidays. For many refugees it is an important destination too, where they receive help from the various communities that have settled there. In addition, a large network of NGOs and volunteers provides informal facilities: from housing and care to voluntary legal aid, mental assistance, food and clothes. But the new trend in Italian politics, initiated by former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, to crack down on migrants led to many evictions in Rome and the closure of illegal shelters. This includes the closure of an abandoned chemical plant called "Ex-Penicillina" and "Baobab", and an informal camp at Tiburtina train station.

1 Apr 2020

Smugglers abuse Italian Zampa law

In Kosovo, a highly established smuggling network has started a large flow of underage children leaving for Italy. Thanks to the 'Zampa law' (2017), they have a chance to a study- or work permit if they report to the Italian immigration service as a minor. The law was intended to prevent unaccompanied asylum children going missing, but it encourages people smuggling. "It is a company of 100,000 euros a month, but nobody seems to care," said the prosecutor in Trieste.

28 Feb 2020


Europe became a disaster for her family

I'm Fatima and I'm 13 years old. My family left Syria because of the war. Before I came to Europe we found safety in Lebanon.


22 Oct 2020