Dear European Heads of State or Government and Ministers of the Interior and Foreign Affairs,
Dear Mr. Tusk,
Significant numbers of children from third countries migrate to Europe, for a variety of reasons, travelling with their families, alone or separated from their family. Between January and August 2015 alone, 174,235 children sought asylum in the European Union, representing one in four asylum seekers. From January to September, tens of thousands of unaccompanied children arrived by sea. Comprehensive data on children that have not claimed asylum or are residing undocumented in the EU is lacking. As children and as migrants they face a number of risks, particularly when they are undocumented.
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