“Protecting Vulnerable Children: The Need for Improved Child Protection Systems for Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Germany”

Protecting Vulnerable Children

“Protecting Vulnerable Children: The Need for Improved Child Protection Systems for Unaccompanied Refugee Children in Germany”

According to a report by Deutsche Welle, a German news agency, more than 2000 unaccompanied children and adolescents who arrived in Germany as refugees are currently registered as missing persons by the Federal Criminal Police Office (FCPO) (DW, 2021). This number has risen by ten percent since the beginning of last year. The charity, Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk, has called for intensified efforts to clarify the situation, stating that cross-border and national child protection systems, as well as related registration systems, must be improved (DW, 2021).

The issue of missing refugee children is not limited to Germany. According to a report by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an estimated 18,000 unaccompanied children went missing in Europe between 2014 and 2018 (IOM, 2018). This is a concerning trend that requires urgent action to protect these vulnerable children.

The vulnerability of unaccompanied refugee children makes them a target for exploitation and abuse. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), refugee and migrant children are at a higher risk of becoming victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation, and forced labor (UNICEF, 2017). The high number of missing refugee children emphasizes the need for targeted investments in preventive measures to address the causes of disappearances (DW, 2021).

The situation of missing refugee children requires better cross-border cooperation and improved national child protection systems. The lack of coordinated efforts to protect these children is a significant challenge. According to a report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), there is a lack of consistent and comprehensive data collection and sharing mechanisms between Member States, which hinders the identification and protection of unaccompanied children (FRA, 2017).

It is imperative that all stakeholders involved in the protection of unaccompanied refugee children work together to improve the identification, registration, and protection of these vulnerable children. This requires better cross-border cooperation, more comprehensive data collection and sharing mechanisms, and targeted investments in preventive measures (DW, 2021).

In conclusion, the issue of missing refugee children in Germany highlights the need for improved national child protection systems and better cross-border cooperation. The vulnerability of unaccompanied refugee children makes them a target for exploitation and abuse, which requires targeted investments in preventive measures to address the causes of disappearances. The situation requires a proactive approach to protect these children who have been separated from their families. It is imperative that all stakeholders involved in the protection of unaccompanied refugee children work together to improve the identification, registration, and protection of these vulnerable children.

 

References:

Deutsche Welle. (2021, January 8). Germany: Over 2,000 juvenile refugees registered as missing. Retrieved from https://www.dw.com/en/

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). (2017). Guardianship for children deprived of parental care: Challenges and promising practices. Retrieved from https://fra.europa.eu/

International Organization for Migration (IOM). (2018). The human cost of the war in Syria: A snapshot of the situation in the region. Retrieved from https://publications.iom.int/

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). (2017). Refugee and migrant children in Europe: Accompanied, unaccompanied and separated. Retrieved from https://www.unicef.org/


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