Migration Board: Dublin Regulation still applies to kids in some cases
Many of the child refugees coming to Sweden via other countries in the EU will be forced to return to those countries in the future, despite a recent decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Last week, the court ruled that children should be exempted from the so-called Dublin Regulation, in which refugees to the EU must apply for asylum in the first country in which they arrived.
Fredrik Beijer from the Migration Board tells Swedish Radio News that minors who have already had their cases tried in other countries will be sent back to those countries.
"It's a decision that applies in Europe," Beijer says, adding, "That means that if someone has gotten a residence permit or a refusal, if that person has had their case tested in another country, then we interpret the decision as one in which Dublin still applies, and a return to that other country is possible."
Last year, the Migration Board made nearly 400 decisions to deport minors to other countries. However, a few weeks ago, all of these transfers were stopped, while they awaited for a decision from the European court .
Now, the board has analyzed the ruling and concluded that children who have received a decision from another country can still be transferred to that country. It is not yet known how many children this concerns, but Beijer says about half the children could be affected.