Image via WikipediaSome 100,000 children are illegally settled in Europe and vulnerable to organised crime and the sex trade, the Council of Europe will reveal.
The human rights inter-governmental organisation will use a conference on unaccompanied children on 20 October to highlight what it fears is the inadequate protection offered to youngsters.
Many of the under-18 children are trafficked into Europe. Without legal residency, they remain on the margins of society.
Last year, British authorities found more than 4,300 unaccompanied children who requested asylum.
European law enforcement agencies are now stepping up their efforts to find and return child foreign nationals.
The Council of Europe has urged them to follow its ‘Life Project’ which seeks to prepare adequately the youngsters for a return to their homelands rather than operate a policy of ‘immediate removal.’
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