Number of Under-age Afghan Refugees Increase Dramatically

According to the Swedish Board of Migration, the number of young under-age Afghan people seeking asylum in Sweden has risen significantly in the last couple of years.

In the first six months of this year 122 under-age Afghan children sought asylum in Sweden without their parents. 116 of them were boys.

56 were aged 16-17 years and 60 were aged between 13 and 15 years of age. In 2007, 160 Afghan children without parents fled to Sweden, compared to just 98 under-age parentless Afghans in 2006.

The rise is significant but the Swedish Board of Migration is unable to pinpoint the exact cause. One possible reason could be that Iran has been turning away Afghan refugees since 2007.

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