MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The number of underage refugees missing in Germany has increased almost twofold since the beginning of the year, local media reported Monday citing data from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).
As of July 1, there were 8,991 asylum seekers aged under 18 missing in the country, the data requested and obtained by the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper revealed. At the beginning of the year, this figure stood at 4,749, the media outlet added.
Europe is struggling to find a solution to the massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa and trying to reach stable and wealthy European countries such as Germany.
The EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.83 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014.