Roeland Termote is a reporter at the foreign desk of the Belgian newspaper De Standaard, tracking cross-border corruption, people smuggling, human trafficking and, more broadly, the goings-on in Central and Eastern Europe. Previously Roeland worked as a Central and Eastern Europe correspondent for the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad. Together with Lost in Europe colleagues Doruntina Islamaj and Kristof Clerix, Roeland was awarded a Belfius Press Prize (the main Belgian media award) for a cross-medial investigation into the fate of unaccompanied Vietnamese minors in Belgium, focussed on labour exploitation in nail salons.


From Hanoi to the death in a refrigerated van

For almost a year and a half, the minor Tran Ngoc Hieu has been traveling from Vietnam to the United Kingdom. When he finally arrived on British soil, he was dead or dying of overheating in a closed refrigerated van, which he shared with 38 others.

31 Jan 2021

Van Quickenborne also has "many questions" about Essex victims

More went wrong than was known when following two Vietnamese victims of the Essex drama.

4 Feb 2021

In three years more than 18,000 disappearances of unaccompanied child migrants

From 2018 to 2020, at least 18,292 disappearances of unaccompanied migrant minors from the shelters where they ended up in on their journey through Europe were reported. This is evident from figures that the research collective Lost in Europe requested from 30 European countries, both EU and non-EU countries. Chaotic registration obscures the view of the true extent of the problem.

18 Apr 2021

440 children died en route to Europe

Since 2018, at least 440 underage refugees and migrants have died on their way to Europe. This is evident from an open source database compiled by the non-profit network UNITED and analyzed by the journalist collective Lost In Europe.

23 Jun 2021