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Migrants to undergo age tests after ‘lying child refugees’ bamboozle officials

The Swedish Migration Agency claim there is reason to doubt as many as 70 per cent of asylum applicants who say they are between the ages of 15 and 17.

But doctors have hit out at the tests, claiming there is no reliable way to test someone’s age.

The nation’s justice and migration minister Morgan Johansson said: “This is not just about asylum procedure, it’s about the safety of the accommodation.


The Swedish migration agency claim there is reason to doubt 70 per cent of applicants

“Adults should live with adults and children should live with children, which is why this should be done as early as possible in the procedure.”

It comes after David Cameron was forced to U-turn on a decision to stop extra unaccompanied child refugees from entering the UK last month.

The Prime Minister announced the climbdown as Downing Street acted to head off a Tory rebellion.


Sweden’s Board of Forensic Medicine confirmed that the tests could not be completely precise

The Government had previously been opposed to offering shelter to an extra 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees who had already made their way to Europe.

But ministers have been forced into a reverse decision after backbench Conservatives signalled they were ready to inflict a damaging House of Commons defeat on the Government over the issue.

Ann Lemne from Sweden’s National Board of Forensic Medicine confirmed that the tests could not be completely precise.

Ms Lemne said: “There is no method for medical age assessment can be safely determine an exact age.

“With all methods, the result is produced as an age span.”


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