publication . Article . 2017

Ethical aspects of medical age assessment in the asylum process : a Swedish perspective.

Erik Malmqvist; Elisabeth Furberg; Lars Sandman;
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  • Published: 01 Nov 2017
  • Publisher: Linköpings universitet, Avdelningen för kultur och estetik
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
According to European regulations and the legislations of individual member states, children who seek asylum have a different set of rights than adults in a similar position. To protect these rights and ensure rule of law, migration authorities are commonly required to assess the age of asylum seekers who lack reliable documentation, including through various medical methods. However, many healthcare professionals and other commentators consider medical age assessment to be ethically problematic. This paper presents a simplified and amended account of the main findings of a recent ethical analysis of medical age assessment in the asylum process commissioned by t...
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Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: Age assessment, Asylum seekers, Ethical issues, Unaccompanied minors, Health Sciences, Hälsovetenskaper, Pathology and Forensic Medicine, Ageassessment, Asylumseekers, Ethicalissues, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Filosofi, etik och religion, Medicinsk etik, Original Article, Refugee, Political science, Medical ethics, Member states, Law, Social psychology, Medical law
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