"Refugee Children Not Drugged"
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.