Doctors urged to refuse to do migration tests

The Swedish Pediatric Society has called on its members to refuse to carry out age tests for the Migration Board.

Recent years have seen a great increase in the number of unaccompanied young people applying for asylum here. It’s much easier for someone under the age of 18 to get refugee status, so the Migration Board has been commissioning x-ray studies to determine age.

But the Pediatric Society says the tests are too inexact and unscientific. The society’s Anders Hjern tells Swedish Radio News “The problem with the examinations is that they have very low precision. The speed with which wisdom teeth develop and the speed that we grow varies widely among different people during the teenage years.”

But Fredrik Beijer of the Migration Board says the refusal of the pediatricians to carry out more tests will have a negative effect: “So far it’s meant that it’s harder to do our investigations. In many cases we have felt forced to make decisions based on the material we’ve had. The worse the material in the case, the more it can hurt the applicant.”