asylum policy

Ill Refugee Children Failed by Authorities?

The Swedish Migration Board is often criticized for its restrictive decisions where the fate of refugees is concerned. This week there was a renewed discussion about the situation of child refugees suffering from mental problems.

Medical science defines Pervasive Refusal Syndrome as a life-threatening mental disorder that mainly affects children and is characterized by stout resistance against any form of self-care and social engagement, combined with a sense of utter hopelessness.

In Sweden this terrifying phenomenon is often mentioned in connection with refugee children who are found to be apathetic.

Mikael Ribbenvik is the the Swedish Migration Board's Director for Legal Affairs who was questioned in a hearing of the country's parliament, Riksdagen, about these children. When asked about the pending expulsion of some of them, Ribbenvik made it clear that the law left no other option.