Facts and figures
250,000 children are reported missing every year in the EU, 1 child every 2 minutes.
Despite this huge number, it is hard to collect comprehensive data about why these children go missing and what happens when they do, in Europe due to differing data collection methods. However Missing Children Europe has supported the development of a customized Client Relationship and Data collection system that will be rolled out in 8 countries in Europe by 2020. This system will allow for a coherent and systematic collection of comparable data that can then be used to research and better understand the problem and possible solutions to the issue of child disappearances.
Missing Children Europe also collects data from the network of European hotlines for missing children operated via the 116 000 number in 32 countries in Europe. This data is collected annually and published via a data report that gives insight on the ages, reasons of going missing, the number of children that are found etc related to missing children trends in Europe.
Figures and Trends on missing children in 2019 (from the hotlines for missing children and Cross-Border Family Mediators)*
* Please credit Missing Children Europe when referring to our data