VIA The Sun
A Swedish government agency medical examination of asylum seekers claiming to be kids have found 76 per cent are really aged 18 and over.
The tests were carried out after a surge in the number of migrants arriving in the Scandinavian country claiming to be children. Age is a crucial factor for asylum seekers. If they submit their asylum application before they turn 18, they are entitled to schooling and their chances of receiving a residency permit are much higher.
But many of the young migrants are not in possession of documents certifying their date of birth. The medical exam is used in cases where the Swedish Migration Agency has doubts about a person’s age, and it is voluntary.
Meanwhile the application of an asylum seeker who refuses to be examined may be viewed less favourably. Doctors determine the probable age using dental X-rays and a MRI exam of the knee joints. And of the 581 first exams carried out by the National Board of Forensic Medicine at the request of the Migration Agency, 76 per cent “suggest that the person is 18 years or older”.
“The medical opinion does not determine the person’s exact age, but rather provides an estimate of whether the person is over or under the age of 18,” the forensic board said.
The far-right Sweden Democrats posted a video of one of its deputies telling parliament in 2011 that “in many cases” migrants “lie about their age”.
According to the migration agency, asylum seekers who lie about their age do not represent the majority of applicants.
"If all unaccompanied minors had undergone a medical age evaluation then the results would like have been different," Daniel Salehi, a manager at the agency, told the Swedish news agency TT.
He said the outcome would show an opposite trend -- that most unaccompanied minors are indeed under the age of 18.
Of the more than 45,000 unaccompanied minors who have applied for asylum in Sweden since early 2014, 57 per cent are Afghans, 12 per cent are Syrians, and eight per cent are Somali and Eritrean, respectively. The vast majority are boys.