Lost in Migration
Youth Conference
3 – 8 – 15 December 2020, h. 16-18


What is Lost in Migration?

Lost in Migration is an annual conference where young newcomers, professionals and European policy makers meet to discuss migration-related issues that affect children and young people, with the aim of adopting and implementing new legislation that protect all young newcomers. It is usually organised and hosted live by a group of organisations, coordinated by Missing Children Europe.

The 2020 edition is a youth conference, the first step towards the development of a youth led conference for 2021!

About the organiser - Missing Children Europe

Missing Children Europe is the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children. Our mission is to enable the development of effective and holistic child protection systems by creating the link between research, laws and professionals on the ground to prevent children from going missing, support them and their families, and better safeguard them from any risk of violence and abuse that may lead to or result from going missing.

Missing Children Europe connects 30 grassroots NGOs from 26 countries who work towards the prevention and protection of children who go missing. We support the development of effective cross-border solutions, awareness raising campaigns, cooperation channels and supportive legislation to tackle the most pressing and ever-evolving issues that led to child disappearance.

The Conference

The 2020 Lost in Migration is an online youth conference!

Too often children and young people are not consulted on crucial decisions that drastically impact their lives. We believe that their experience and opinions matter, therefore we want to discuss with them some of the core issues addressed by the most recent law and policy proposals at European level. We also want to discuss how to enhance their participatory process and to put them in touch with decision makers..

The conference will take place during three online meetings:

  • 3 December – 4pm – 6pm (Brussels Time)
  • 8 December – 4pm – 6pm (Brussels Time)
  • 15 December – 4pm – 6pm (Brussels Time)

Each session will include interactive workshops and activities. The event will be participatory, and you will all have the possibility to share your views according to your will. Missing Children Europe will accompany you, taking into accounts your views, and supporting with whatever you need to shape the 2021 advocacy activities.

What are we going to discuss?

  • What are the main challenges faced by children and young newcomers in Europe today?
  • How have you been included in the policy-making processes that affect your life since you arrived?
  • How should we shape the future of Lost in Migration to make youth participation a reality everywhere in Europe?

Sounds interesting?

Register Here

Register by 26 November. Since there are limited spots available, make sure that you apply as soon as possible. If you need more information, send an email to Syed Hasnain at syed.hasnain@missingchildreneurope.eu.

Our Amazing Team

Federica Toscano

I am excited to work with you all. It's the first time I work on a conference like this one, and I think I will learn a lot from our exchanges and discussions!


Laure Vierset

Can't wait to meet you all and take inclusive youth participation to the next step!


Paola Rando

I feel happy and lucky to join these youth conversations, hear from you and find means to build a more inclusive Europe for young newcomers!


Ruben Loodts

As yout facilitor, I feel blessed and humbled to help you shape shared vision for the future, to co-create concepts and ideas that generate real impact!


Syed Hasnain

I always learn a lot by listening to other refugees that is maybe because I am a refugee too.


Previous editions

Lost in Migration, first edition (2017):

coinciding with the European Justice and Home Affairs Council, Missing Children Europe and President Foundation for the Wellbeing of the Society (Malta), with the support of the European Programme on Integration and Migration (EPIM), brought together 160 professionals and experts to discuss the child protection challenges that lead to disappearances of these children. The forum called on the EU to adopt a comprehensive strategy for the protection of children in migration.

Download the recommendations of the first edition here.

Lost in Migration, second edition (2018):

one year following the ​Commission Communication on the protection of children in migration (2017), Missing Children Europe held its second edition of the conference 'From European priorities to local realities'​ in April 2018, together with the​ ​President Foundation for the Wellbeing of the Society (Malta),​ ​the Alliance of European Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament​ ​(​ALDE​),​ ​the ​Intergroup on the Rights of the Child​,​ ​the​ ​European Programme on Integration and Migration and the Partnership on the Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees of the ​Urban Agenda for the EU​.​  177 experts took stock of the progress achieved since the adoption of the EC Communication and discussed the challenges and best practices at the local level.

Download the recommendations of the second edition here.

Lost in Migration, third edition (2019):

last year, Missing Children Europe and the President Foundation for the Wellbeing of the Society (Malta) stressed the need to go beyond the protection needs of the child in Europe to look essentially at the child’s journey in its entirety. More than 160 participants from the civil society, EU, national and local authorities and decision making bodies, as well as experts and academia, looked at the different experiences that children face on their way to Europe, how those experiences affect their wellbeing while on the move and in Europe, and the responsibilities of each Member State and beyond to protect children from harm. They discussed the needs for better cross border cooperation within and outside the EU, the global political commitments ahead of the EU upcoming elections, and the implementation progress of the European Commission Communication at all levels.

Download the recommendations of the third edition here.

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