Child refugees exempt from EU asylum rule
The EU court has established that unaccompanied child migrants should be exempt from the Dublin Accord, which stipulates that asylum applications should be tried in the first EU country that the asylum seeker arrives in. The Swedish Migration board will start implementing the new rules immediately, Swedish Radio reports.
So far in 2013, around 1,200 unaccompanied child refugees have arrived in Sweden. Out of those, 155 have received orders to return to the EU countries in which they were first registered.
The Migration Board's interim general counsel Fredrik Beijer told Swedish Radio that such rulings will from now on become more rare. He added that this does not necessarily mean that there will be an increase in unaccompanied children arriving in Sweden.
"It will affect us in the sense that we will transfer far fewer unaccompanied children in accordance with the Dublin Accord," said Beijer.
He added that, as a result of the EU court ruling, fewer children will be moved around Europe and they will have greater opportunities to choose which country should try their asylum applications.
"Once one has arrived in a country where one wants to stay one will simply have one's case tried there," said Beijer.