In Europe, the border is always near. 37.5 % of European citizens live in border areas. With the Missing People Euregion Meuse-Rhine project, which ran from September 2014 until December 2020, AMBER Alert Europe aimed to connect EU citizens across borders in the search for missing people.
The project was launched by AMBER Alert Europe in close cooperation with the Euregion Meuse-Rhine and the Province of Limburg (Netherlands). The project was established to develop border protocols to ensure that when someone goes missing in a Euregion, police, media and citizens in this area are immediately informed and on the lookout. The principal goal of the project was to bring endangered missing persons* home safely by quickly sharing a missing person’s appeal with the press and public in the entire Euregion, even across national borders.
* Endangered missing person cases are usually cases where a vulnerable person goes missing, such as a child, an elderly person or a person with a disability, or where the police have other indications that the life or health of the missing person is at serious risk.