Around 1,600 asylum children have run away from Dutch reception locations in the past 4.5 years. NRC reports that on Sunday.
NRC requested figures from the Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers (COA) and guardianship organization Nidos. According to the newspaper, the figures were a lot lower at first, because then the figures from Nidos were not included.
Nidos is responsible for the guardianship of minor foreign nationals in the Netherlands.
According to NRC, most of the children who have run away are often from Morocco, Algeria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Syria. According to the newspaper, it is not known where the children are currently. NRC also reports that a number of children would have left for family in France, Germany or Belgium. Nevertheless, according to the newspaper, there are also signs that runaway children are being exploited.
Nidos and COA say that, in conversation with NRC, they find it "always worrying" when children walk away from a reception location. The director of Nidos, Tin Verstegen says to NRC: "Every child is one too many."