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Medical age tests on asylum seekers likely to have 'misclassified' minors: study

A nurse looks at X-rays used in the medical age assessments. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Published: 21.Sep.2018 12:09 hrs

Age tests carried out on migrants to determine whether they were over 18 may have been inaccurate in many cases, according to a new study published in a medical journal.

Researchers found that of those tested, migrant children were far more likely to be misclassified as adults than vice versa, the findings published in the International Journal of Legal Medicine by scientists at the Chalmers technical university of Gothenburg show.

The Swedish government ordered the national forensic medicine agency (Rättsmedicinalverket) to start carrying out medical age tests in 2017 after doubts were raised over whether all those who were being processed as minors were in fact underage.

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