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the answer from Europol was "from the system" but it would be good to go deeper into the topic... which system exactly? the law enforcement or child protection one? or social networks?
Of course I cannot answer for Europol, but I would venture to say that he means migration/child protection system. This is what Tdh has found in its study Surfeit of Children, and this is what we have heard from numerous sources since.
With the current flow however, it is quite evident that unaccompanied minors that are registered as such at one border point, are not unaccompanied in the next, as most young people want to avoid being taken away into accommodation away from their travelling bodies, and jeopardising the opportunity to continue with them.
Border police also has to make the difficult choice, whether it leaves a child with obviously NOT their family, separates them from an existing (seemingly) protective environment, or to look the other way and let them through, with the risk of these youngsters being exploited potentially along the way by these "acquaintances".
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