Some 58 children were abducted by a parent over the summer, eight more than in the same period last year, and most were taken by their mother, new figures show.
A total of 40 children were taken from the Netherlands to another country while 18 children were brought to the Netherlands from abroad, the centre for child abductions CIKO said on Friday.
The organisation said the end to the pandemic travel restrictions has led to more children being abducted although the measures did not stop child abductions while they were in force. In fact, in some cases the restrictions made the problem because they were used as an excuse not to return a child to a parent.
Most of the children who were taken abroad without permission were younger than 13. Some 28 were taken to a country outside the EU and 12 were taken to another European country. In nine in 10 cases, the perpetrator is the child’s mother.
Apart from missing out on education, the children are damaged emotionally, CIKO director Coşkun Çörüz told RTL Nieuws. The separation from a parent can cause lasting trauma which may prevent them from forming relationships in later life, he said.
A quarter of abducted children never return to the Netherlands, Çörüz said. ‘Those who do return do so after weeks and sometimes years. After a long time abroad they need to integrate again in Dutch society, and sometimes learn the language all over again.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.
If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to,
you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.
© 2022 DutchNews | Cookie settings | website by Vindustries
Many thanks to everyone who has donated to DutchNews.nl in recent days!
We could not provide this service without you. If you have not yet made a contribution, you can do so here.
The DutchNews.nl team