Last year 2,600 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in Sweden. Photo: Jessica Gow/Scanpix
New figures dispel myth

Lone refugee children rarely joined by family

Very few unaccompanied minors, who come to Sweden as refugees, end up bringing their families here at a later stage.

According to new statistics from the national migration board, only one in ten unaccompanied minors who have come to Sweden over the past few years have actually brought further members of their families here later.

This is contrary to what many local politicians claim, according to county governor Björn Eriksson, who has investigated the municipalities' reluctance to accept refugee children.

"You get a feeling that this is sometimes used as a false argument just to avoid making a decision to accept unaccompanied minors," Eriksson told Swedish Radio News.

The phenomenon of children being allegedly sent on ahead from their home country, in order for the rest of the family to follow later on a family reunion visa, is sometimes termed "anchor-children".

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