49 minors have disappeared from Norwegian reception centers so far this year, according to figures from the Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
This means the trend that has been in evidence in recent years continues, the newspaper Dagsavisen writes. In the years 2013-2015 altogether 781 children disappeared from asylum centers, 178 of them were unaccompanied minors.
A proposal to extended temporary residence may prove to make the problem worse instead of remedying it, the Save the Children youth, PRESS, fears.
– We want that arrangement to end. It is paradoxical that this is proposed as a way of overcoming human trafficking and other crimes, when we know that it leads to just that, PRESS leader Karoline Steen Nylander says. She says the organization hears stories about what happens to children who have disappeared, but she wants more research to be done.
– We know that many end up in criminal circles. They do not feel that they are being seen or that anyone has time for them, and because of this criminal circles seem attractive.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today