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Expulsions of young refugees halted

Published tisdag 4 juni 2013 kl 19.08

The Swedish Migration Board has halted the deportation of unaccompanied minor asylum-seekers to other countries, pending a decision by the Europe Court of Justice.

The ruling, expected on Thursday, will determine if young unaccompanied refugees must have their asylum applications considered only in the first country they encounter in the European Union, under the so-called Dublin Agreement.

An EU advocate general has proposed interpreting the agreement to have asylum hearings in the refugees’ final EU destinations instead.

There’s been widespread resistance in Sweden to expelling young asylum-seekers to countries like Greece and Italy, where there are allegations they have been abused.

Five planned Migration Board deportations have been halted, and a further 43 unaccompanied children here will be affected by the court’s decision.

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