Unaccompanied child refugees who disappear after arriving in Europe are a growing concern in several European countries. We aim to address this issue by conducting a survey of different social and legal contexts in these countries, including the role of EU institutions in managing this phenomenon.
The survey identifies factors contributing to the disappearance of unaccompanied child refugees and the challenges in locating them. Results will be used to update the Dictionary of Competences which identifies essential skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed for investigating and managing relationships with families of missing minors.
The Dictionary of Competences plays a vital role in the LOST2 project. It establishes a qualification for professionals and experts involved in researching missing people and children, recognized in several European countries. It consists of three sections, including a definition of social and legal contexts, an analysis of best practices in investigation techniques, and a Dictionary of Competences identifying specific competencies.