In the news that AD newspaper based on data from the Netherlands Asylum Seeker Reception Center (COA), it was claimed that an unaccompanied refugee child disappears from asylum centers every day in the country.
In the news, it was stated that the number of unaccompanied refugee children whose asylum applications were received in 2022 was 4,449 and that 360 unaccompanied children had disappeared since January 2022.
It was stated in the news that the fate of the disappeared children is unknown, and it was noted that some children went to their relatives in Europe, while others were suspected of falling into the hands of human smugglers.
136 refugee children who were placed in a hotel in England in 1.5 years disappeared
The report claimed that confidential reports submitted to COA by human rights institutions included claims by some residents living near the asylum center that some black children were regularly taken to the authorities by German and Dutch elderly men.
In the news, which is claimed to have seen similar cases in England, it was stated that 136 refugee children who were placed in a hotel in Brighton, England, disappeared in the past 1.5 years.
UNICEF recommended that the conditions to which children are exposed in asylum centers in the Netherlands should be improved, and the Dutch child ombudsman, Margrite Kalverboer, reported that children in the asylum application center in Ter Apel were neglected in her report last year.