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New method to determine age of child refugees

Published tisdag 4 juni 2013 kl 09.57
Photo: Jurek Holzer/SCANPIX

A more accurate way of determining age may show that twelve per cent of the asylum seekers arriving this year that have claimed they are children, are in fact over 18, according to Swedish Radio News.

By x-raying bones, wrists and teeth in particular, the Swedish Migration Board says it has found a more precise way of determining the age of child migrants, some of whom may not be children at all.

930 children arrived in Sweden on their own during the first four months of this year, according to Swedish Radio. Migrants under the age of 18 have more chance of being granted asylum, according to Oskar Ekblad, from the Swedish Migration Board.

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