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Young asylum seekers "must have opportunity to finish high school"

Published fredag 18 november 2016 kl 10.41
Minister: Review of the law is underway
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A young asylum seeker.
The majority of unaccompanied children who fled to Sweden are from Afghanistan. Credit: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

The government is discussing a change to the law which would prevent asylum-seeking children being deported if they are studying, Swedish Radio News has reported.

The government had received criticism for tightening the law, which means 16 and 17-year-old unaccompanied minors currently only receive temporary permission to stay in this country until they are 18. When they reach that age, they could then be deported.

The vast majority of unaccompanied asylum-seekers under 18 in Sweden are from Afghanistan, which Sweden recently reached agreement with to send back failed asylum-seekers.

Swedish Radio News understands that the Green Party is attempting to convince its Social Democrat coalition partners to allow this group to stay until they have finished secondary school, which is typically at the age of 19 in Sweden.

Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson confirmed to Swedish Radio News that a review of the law was underway.

“There must be an opportunity for these young people to finish high school,” Johansson said. “We are working on a proposal.”

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