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Health

"Refugee Children Not Drugged"

Published torsdag 15 oktober 2009 kl 19.10

The National Board of Health and Welfare has announced they intend implement binding guidelines for Swedish authorities to decide how to treat a refugee child that shows apathetic symptoms. These guidelines will come into effect next year.

The action is a reaction to a study carried out by Swedish doctors claiming there is no evidence that refugee parents have drugged their children putting them into a coma-like condition trying to prevent the expulsion of the families.

The doctors also conclude that it is highly unlikely that the youngsters are faking their conditions - countering arguments that the children are only pretending not to eat or move from their beds.

The study claims that three-quarters of these children have had traumatic experiences in their homelands and several have tried to commit suicide here in Sweden - during the long wait for decisions on the asylum applications.

After a period of diminishing cases of such children - during a temporary period when rejected families who went underground were given a new chance to re-apply - the number is growing again.

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