April 03, 2013
Sweden has more than doubled its orders to deport underage asylum seekers in the past year.
In 2012, the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) asked Swedish police to forcibly deport 144 minors who had sought asylum in Sweden.
A review of statistics by the Metro newspaper showed that number to be more than double from the year before, when 64 cases were handed over for the police to deal with.
It reflects that the number of children and teenagers whose applications to stay has increased. In 2012, the Migration Board declined to grant residence to 542 minors, a figure that stood at 370 only two years ago.
The numeric increase does not however mean that the proportion of underage asylum seekers being shown the door has gone up also, instead the total number of cases has increased.
There were 3,600 in 2012, compared to 2,600 cases in 2010.
Not all cases handed over to the police on paper end up in deportation. Metro reports that the police deported 34 minors last year. In 2010, they deported 11 minors.