The Austrian government has been medically assessing ‘underage’ migrants if they are suspected to be lying about their age. So far, 951 migrants who claimed to be children were found to be adults.
The Federal Office for Foreign Affairs and Asylum (BFA) has had reason to believe that more than 2,200 migrants who had claimed to be under 18 were lying about their ages. Using medical tests, the authorities were able to confirm that almost half of those they suspected were in fact over the age of 18 – some of them being over 30, reports Austria’s Kurier.
Many migrants in Austria and other countries in Europe have stated that they are underage because not only to host countries provide better accommodation and more resources to minors, but ‘child migrants’ are almost impossible to deport.
Some authorities, like a policeman in the Austrian town of Traiskirchen, had immediate suspicions of migrants who claimed to be under 17. Speaking to the Austrian press the officer said: “It is absurd for us to see grown men with beards and graying hair that claim to be 17 years of age.” The officer requested to be anonymous, fearing he could be disciplined for speaking out.
Even if officers have convictions that migrants are older than 17, the bureaucratic process ensures that the migrants are taken at face value and are listed as minors upon entry.
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