Save the Children denounced this Wednesday, on the fifth anniversary of the death of Syrian child Aylan Kurdi on the shores of Turkey, that Europe has “turned its back on” 210,000 unaccompanied refugee children who have sought asylum on its territory in the US for the past five years .
In a statement, the non-governmental organization stated that very few minors managed to obtain refugee status during this period and that most of the children fled for fear of deportation or reunification with their families.
“To date, there are an indefinite number of children in Europe outside the registration mechanisms, making them invisible to the protection system and exposed to high levels of exploitation and abuse,” warned Save the. Children who denounce this situation in their report entitled “The Protection of Migrant and Refugee Children in Europe”.
The NGO recalled that the image of the lifeless body of Aylan Kurdi on the Turkish coast became the tragic symbol of the “refugee crisis”: “His death triggered an emotional reaction worldwide and prompted many political leaders to get involved.” to protect refugees and migrants, especially boys and girls. “