Refugees in Germany file record-breaking number of requests to track down lost loved ones

Published August 28th, 2016 - 11:00 GMT
Refugees arrive at main train station in Munich, Germany. (AFP/File)
Refugees arrive at main train station in Munich, Germany. (AFP/File)

The German Red Cross says refugees in Germany are filing a record amount of requests for help tracking down people separated during conflict or migration.

Despite a drop in the number of refugees arriving in Germany, requests from refugees for help in locating individuals has risen, the aid agency says.

In the first half of 2016, the German Red Cross received around 1,400 such search requests from across Germany, and is expecting numbers to rise to 3,000 by the end of the year, nearly twice as many as the 1,636 requests in 2015.

Using its Trace the Face service, the German Red Cross offers refugees the chance to search for friends and family using their own photos.

Germany's Office of Criminal Investigation has reported that around 8,000 unaccompanied minors have gone missing in Germany, 28 per cent of whom could successfully be tracked down.

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