“Europe Is Losing Track of Child Refugees,” by Joseph Ataman for the Wall Street Journal:
European governments are losing track of significant numbers of children who have entered the continent without their parents as refugees from war-torn areas in the Middle East and beyond.
In Belgium, authorities can’t account for 156 migrant children who entered the country unaccompanied since January 2015, and the number is growing. This year, 90 unaccompanied migrant children have been reported missing to Child Focus, Belgium’s center for missing and sexually exploited children.
The Belgian government has ensured that any minors in “difficult circumstances” have received assistance, said Sharon Beavis, a spokeswoman for the Justice Ministry. “The federal department of Justice remains committed to track, identify, register and assist any unaccompanied minors as best as possible,” she said…