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European Group Condemns Medically Verifying the Age of Migrant Minors

Written by Joe Scudder

Despite many adult refugees pretending to be migrant minors, testing is too “frightening” to be allowed, they say.

Men seeking asylum have often posed as migrant minors. Such men have committed sexual assault. Since migrant minors get more benefits from the European governments, they have a powerful incentive to lie about their age. A study of almost 1500 migrant minors found that 86 percent were lying adults instead of children. Some have become rapists.

None of that matters to The Council of Europe.

According to Breitbart, “‘If in Doubt, Treat Them as a Minor’: European Body Orders End of Migrant Age Tests.

In a report published Wednesday on age tests, the children’s rights committee of the council said unless there is evidence that the person is an adult, asylum seekers claiming to be under 18 should “be given the benefit of the doubt and presumed to be a child”.

Alleging that age assessments “may be frightening and unsettling for children”, the report recommends the process should take place “only if a best interests assessment concludes [it] is required in order to promote the best interests of the child”.

And only as a “last resort” should EU nations use “invasive” medical age assessment methods  — such as dental examinations and X-rays  — according to the report, which concludes that “the ultimate goal of any procedure should be to ensure the protection of the person’s rights”.

Read the rest of the Breitbart story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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