Study: unaccompanied minors "misclassified" as over 18 by medical age tests

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Thousands of asylum seekers who arrived in Sweden as unaccompanied minors and had their knees and teeth MRI scanned as part of medical age assessment tests, are likely to have been misclassified as over 18, according to a new study.

Sweden's age assessment procedure to determine whether a person is under or over the age of 18, has come under criticism from the medical profession as 'scientifically incorrect'.

Now a new study involving assessment tests taken in 2017 and published in the scientific magazine, International Journal of Legal Medicine, suggests that many people have been misclassified as over the age of 18.

Click on the link to listen to our interview with Petter Mostad, professor of mathematical statistics at Chalmers technical university in Gothenburg, who  carried out the study.

Ulla Engberg
ulla.engberg@sverigesradio.se

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