The migration phenomenon Europe is struggling with created genuine social tragedies over the past year. The afflux of immigrants resulted in the entire region facing an event that is almost impossible to manage in due time. From that point on, tragic events were within an inch of happening.

According to BBC, in 2015 over a million persons from countries like Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan entered the European Union territory. Among these people there were thousands of unaccompanied children who had run away from war, hunger and poverty. According to the data made available by the British periodical, in 2015 over 10,000 children have practically disappeared throughout Europe.

It is a truly cruel reality. Once they entered the European territory, these children found themselves facing a series of difficult choices. According to the data, many of them had to sell sexual services in order to be able to buy food.

In this dark scenario there is another possibility. It is known that organ trafficking in certain European States has increased with the wave of immigrants. This is why the possibility that a significant number of the children who disappeared might have been victims of organ trafficking groups is high.

If we were to consider this aspect over a larger period, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released to the public a series of even more disturbing facts: it is estimated that over the last 18 to 24 months the total number or immigrant children who disappeared throughout Europe is over 26,000.

European authorities will have to come up with solutions to these alarming events as soon as possible. It is unacceptable that on the territory of a political construction of this scale children, whether they be natives or immigrants, become mere merchandise traded by organized crime and sex trafficking entities and groups.

This stands as another test the European Union will face in the near future. It is true that the European construct has dealt with many obstacles over the last years, but if it does manage to overcome these obstacles, the EU will prove to be a structure capable of standing the test of time. #Immigration #Middle East