The Finnish Immigration Service wants age tests for young asylum-seekers
According to the Finnish Immigration Service many asylum-seekers that arrive on their own to Finland are older than 18 years, but they lie about their age to be sure to be granted asylum, the news paper Savon Sanomat writes. The Immigration Service would like to start using an age test that would be carried out by the police. The age test would be based on willingness. This year a record number of underage asylum-seekers, about 300, have arrived to Finland, which is 70 per cent²more than last year.
(Helsingin Sanomat 16 October 2008, Yle 16 October 2008, http://www.hs.fi/ko timaa/artikkeli/Maahanmuuttovirasto+haluaa+nuorille+turvapaikanhakijoille+ik%C3%A4testit/1135240285044, http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/haku.php ?action=page&id=298100&search=turvapaik*)