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Two boys from abroad wind up in Uppsala, abandoned

Published tisdag 2 april 2013 kl 17.21

A young teenager who says he is from Afghanistan, turned up in central Uppsala, Tuesday after having been abandoned. News agency TT reports that a police patrol discovered the boy around lunchtime.

The boy is said to have reached Sweden by way of Iran and police say he is doing well, under the circumstances. Social services are involved now, and the Migration Board will be, too, if the boys want to apply for asylum.

This is the second time an abandoned boy has shown up in central Uppsala in just a few days. On Sunday, it was a ten-year-old, also from Afghanistan. In his case, police are investigating whether it has to do with human trafficking.

Last year, 3,578 children came to Sweden alone seeking asylum. Their most common place of origin is Afghanistan.

The average age for young people moving alone to Sweden is 15 to 16-years-old. Many find the Migration Board, or another authority, on their own.

In 2011, about 20 young people from Afghanistan turned up in Västerås, many with a slip of paper in their hand bearing the name of the municipality.

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