Staff at PRESS Save the Children Youth Norway expresses worry over what they see as substandard police work regarding investigating minors who have vanished from asylum reception centres.
“It’s disturbing that a number of our informants at the reception centers, the police, and the Directorate of Immigration (UDI) display an attitude that investigating these issues is no big deal, since most of those who disappear are to be sent out of the country anyway,” workers say.
85 children have disappeared from Norwegian asylum seeker reception centres over the last year.
This means 237 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing from these facilities between 2008 and 2012.
70 percent of the missing children had been told that there were not able to stay in Norway and would be returned to their country of origin in accordance with the Dublin Agreement.
PRESS fears that these children may have become victims of trafficking.
“Previously, children were excluded from this rule. Now we fear that they may have been trafficked. And we know that many of them have been involved in the drugs trade” the organisation’s Andrea Sjøvoll told NRK.