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National Board of Forensic Medicine instructed to conduct medical age assessments
Medical age assessments are needed for individuals seeking residence permits in Sweden. The Government has therefore instructed the National Board of Forensic Medicine to promptly start conducting medical age assessments and immediately increase its capability and capacity in this area.
Medical age assessments are important to ensure confidence in the asylum process. It is important for children's safety that adults are not treated as children and that children are not treated as adults. It is not appropriate for children who come to Sweden without their parents to reside with unfamiliar adults or for resources allocated to children to be used for adult asylum seekers.
The National Board of Forensic Medicine has therefore been instructed to promptly start conducting medical age assessments of individuals seeking residence permits in Sweden and immediately increase its capability and capacity in this area. The assignment includes drawing up a procedure for how and by which methods age assessments are to be conducted. The Board is to give particular attention to the requirements for a scientific basis, tried and tested experience, a legally secure process and consideration of children's rights.
The National Board of Forensic Medicine is already conducting age assessments on behalf of prosecutors and the police. By 15 November 2016 at the latest, the Board is to report on how medical age assessments are done and what the system for conducting this type of assessment will look like in the future.
"It is essential that we have a system in place quickly. The National Board of Forensic Medicine is well accustomed to conducting this type of assessment, and its experience will ensure good quality and legal certainty," says Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson