Finally the Swedish Migration Board seems to have grown tired of all the bearded so-called unaccompanied refugee children who have come to Sweden in recent years. According to a new practice, the "children" will be sent back, no matter how old they are, writes Swedish Radio.
Previously, asylum seekers who claimed to be under 18 years old, many times automatically received permanent residence, regardless of the grounds for asylum. It has done that a large number of those who come to Sweden say they are 16 or 17 years old, even though they in most cases are considerably older.
For a long time it was considered to be a problem without any solution. Politicians and commentators have discussed age testing and how reliable it can be to determine whether an asylum seeker is lying about his age or not.
But now, as the political tide turns, suddenly there is a solution anyway. And it is a very simple one.
According to the Migration Board's new practice, dated July 7, unaccompanied refugee children will be deported, regardless of age. The only thing is that the authority has to wait for "the child" to grow up and turn 18 first - on paper.
- Previously, it was so that if there was no protection need for unaccompanied children who had no family left in the country of origin, the child was granted residence permit, even if the child was 17 years and 10 months old, says Kjell-Terje Torvik, who is the Migration Board's deportation expert, to Swedish Radio.
Now, however, the so-called "children" rather get a deportation order in hand as soon as they come to Sweden. The decision of deportation says that as soon as the asylum seeker is aged 18, he will be returned to his homeland.
The asylum rules state that minors may not be sent back to a country that does not have a workable system for return of people, but the rules do not apply for adults.
According to the Migration Board, several hundred unaccompanied children, mostly from Afghanistan, have now received a deportation order to be enforced later - and there may be several thousand to receive the same over the next two years.
Swedish Radio, which is Sweden's state radio - and left-wing, as usual takes a clear political stance against the new practice in the article, where the practice is accused of being inhumane.
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