According to Europol’s chief of staff, Brian Donald, no less than 10,000 migrant children went missing in Europe. It is feared that some of them fell in the hands of drug gangs, human traffickers, or were sold into the sex industry. Others may have travelled to family or friends in Europe without reporting it. They have all but disappeared.

Why Lost in Europe?

The plight of unaccompanied child migrants is one of the most pressing issues in the migrant crisis. The goal of Lost in Europe is to recover the stories of these missing children. It comprises a team of investigative journalists from the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and the UK, who are collaborating to find out what has happened to the disappeared children in Europe.

Who is involved?

Supported by news organisations, such as VPRO Argos, NRC Handelsblad, BBC Radio 4, The Guardian, Knack, VG, Small Stream Media, IRPI and Il Fatto Quotidiano. This investigative journalism project will shine a light on wrongdoing and tell the stories of disappeared child migrants in the EU. This cross-border project is backed up by the Dutch Postcode Lotery, Journalismfund, National Geographic, Digital Whistleblowingfund, IJ4EU, VNJB and FondsBJP.

Where will the stories appear?

We will publish our findings in articles at Small Stream Media and reports on the Lost in Europe-website, on Argos, a Dutch award winning investigative radio programme, on the BBC, in the Guardian and Observer, Knack, Lettera43 and in Il Fatto Quotidiano.

Get involved!

Click on “Tip Us“, to see how you can help the team of Lost in Europe.