500 per cent increase in unaccompanied refugee children Sweden
Sweden has experienced an increase in the number of unaccompanied minors arriving each year. Between 2004 and 2010 the number of unaccompanied minors has increased from 500 individuals to over 2,500 per year. However, the total number of unaccompanied minors coming to other Nordic countries has decreased significantly. In 2009, Finland received 557 unaccompanied minors, compared to 329 last year. In Finland, Norway and Denmark the rules of determining the age of an unaccompanied minor is stricter than in Sweden. For example last year 600 children underwent an age test in Norway, out of whom 289 or 48 per cent proved to be over 18 years old. Now Tobias Billström, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy, wants to ensure that unified rules are also followed in Sweden. – We strive to become more consistent with other Nordic countries, this way the situation becomes more legally secure.