Director: Chiara Sambuchi
30.000 minors missing
There are thousands of them. Children. Aged between nine and sixteen. They come to Europe from the middle East and Africa, and now they are on the move across our continent – alone, with no adults to accompany them. A blot on European immigration policy. Of all people, minors whose young age should guarantee them special protection and speedy integration into the new society, slip effortlessly through the net of the inadequate security afforded by European asylum procedures, escape to wherever they can, and are easy prey for criminals both from their own home countries and from Europe. Since the beginning of 2014 at least two hundred thousand unaccompanied child migrants have managed to cross Europe’s borders. But according to the authorities, at least ten thousand of them have simply vanished en route. These are children, and one estimate of unreported cases puts the figure at twice or even three times that. Who are these children, and how did they manage to make themselves invisible? In Italy, Germany, England and France they are reported missing time and again by NGOs and reception centers, but no one appears capable of doing anything about it. The film goes in search of evidence.
This conference has been supported by the Fund ‘Never Alone – Building our future with children and youth arriving in Europe’ of the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), a collaborative initiative of the Network of European Foundations (NEF). The sole responsibility for the conference lies with the organiser(s) and the content may not necessarily reflect the positions of EPIM, NEF or the Foundations contributing to the Fund.
With financial support from the "Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014-2020" Programme of the European Union