Over 200 unaccompanied child asylum seekers have gone missing from hotels used by the Home Office since July 2021.
Why it matters
The disappearance of over 200 unaccompanied child asylum seekers is a significant and concerning event, highlighting the vulnerability of these children to human trafficking and exploitation. The event is newsworthy as it raises questions about the UK's asylum system and the government's responsibility to protect vulnerable children.
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How we got here
The UK has been facing a growing number of asylum seekers arriving by small boats, with many being housed in hotels by the Home Office. The disappearance of over 200 unaccompanied child asylum seekers from these hotels since July 2021 has prompted concerns about the safety and welfare of these vulnerable children. The government has confirmed that at least 200 children seeking asylum have gone missing from hotels, with some officials suggesting that many of the missing have been picked up by criminal gangs and exploited. The event has led to calls for an end to housing child asylum seekers in hotels and for an independent inquiry into the situation.
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