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Save the Children Sweden
From 2001/2002, Sweden’s Migration Board has been required to ask parents if their children have their own reasons for seeking asylum and if they should be heard. Older children were to be asked directly. Save the Children’s investigation from 2003 showed that the Migration Board was not living up to these requirements.
This survey found both improvements as well as areas exhibiting extreme deficiencies. A survey in 2003 found that 20 percent of children from families were listened to, while 53 percent of children from families were heard in 2005. However, when it came to case assessment of reasons for seeking asylum, those children who had their own reasons were only given close consideration 21 percent of the time in 2005 (versus 32 percent of the time in 2003).
Save the Children Sweden concludes this report with advice for the Swedish Migration Board on how to better handle the rights and considerations of asylum-seeking children.