Asylum Granted to PRS Child

In a precedent setting case, the Swedish government has decided to grant asylum to the family of a child suffering from Pervasive Refusal Syndrome.

Around 400 so-called ”apathetic children” have been treated here for the disorder, where they refuse to move, talk, drink or eat. 

The new government guidelines make room for reviewing a child’s reason for asylum independently of their families, as children often react differently than adults to fear and persecution.  And from now on, greater consideration will be given to how a child would be affected by deportation.

The government also charged The Board of Health and Welfare with recommending how to prevent Pervasive Refusal Syndrome and to develop an early support system for those affected.