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"Refugee Children Not Drugged"

Published torsdag 15 oktober 2009 kl 19.10

Updated 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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