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Unaccompanied minors inflow

Key Area:
Migration & Minority Demographics/Statistics
Demographics & Economics
16/12/2011 - 11:20
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In relation to the group of refugee and asylum-seeking children, numbers on these groups are only available by the Federal Ministry of the Interior with regard to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. Data is further disaggregated only by age group (children under 14; children between 14 and 18) and country of origin, but not, for instance by gender in these age groups. Thus, there are no official data on children who are recognised refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection or other status as mentioned above.

In 2009, there were 1,062 unaccompanied minors (thereof 43 under 14), most of them under 14 came from Russia, Afghanistan and Kosovo; most of them between 14 and 18 from Afghanistan (423), Nigeria (118) and Moldova (59). In 2010, there were 687 unaccompanied minors (thereof 34 under 14): most of them under 14 came from Afghanistan and Russia; most of them under 18 came from Afghanistan (284), Nigeria (62), Algeria and Moldova. The official available data shows an up and down since 2004: a decrease from 914 (2004) to 790 (2005) to 414 (2006); then a slight upwards trend in 2007 (516) and 2008 (770) and 2009 (1,062) with a decrease again in 2010 (687). What can be observed from the data is a trend towards an increasing number of age assessments of young people leading to determinations of majority (only in 2004 a similar high absolute number was determined).


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