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New, thorough investigation into 11 cases of missing migrant minors ordered

The Police Chief has ordered a new, thorough investigation into each and every one of the 11 cases of unaccompanied migrant children missing since their arrival in Cyprus between 2019 and today.

Even though it is highly doubtful the new effort will yield any results, Philenews reported on Wednesday citing police insiders.

The order of Police Chief Stelios Papatheodorou is for efforts towards tracking down these children from African countries – some of whom could now be over 18 years old – to be exhausted. And for the case files to re-open and thoroughly be re-examined.

The unaccompanied migrant minors have gone missing from the Pournara reception centre.

Posters of these minors will soon be placed in areas where their compatriots move or frequent.

As well as on all walls in Pournara, the Asylum Service to which dozens of migrants go there every day, the Immigration Department and elsewhere.

Last month, Commissioner for Children’s Rights, Despo Michaelidou, lashed out at authorities over “appalling” conditions under which unaccompanied migrant minors are living in Pournara.

She had also launched a probe after being informed that 30 unaccompanied children left the centre to spend the night on the streets protesting their living conditions.

The Commissioner said she had instructed authorities to improve the living conditions of minors at the overcrowded camp.


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