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Ethical aspects of medical age assessment in the asylum process: a Swedish perspective.
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för kultur och kommunikation, Avdelningen för kultur och estetik. Linköpings universitet, Filosofiska fakulteten.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-3071-9609
Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala Sweden.
Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för medicin och hälsa, Avdelningen för hälso- och sjukvårdsanalys. Linköpings universitet, Medicinska fakulteten. University of Boras, Sweden. (Prioriteringscentrum)ORCID-id: 0000-0003-0987-7653
2018 (engelsk)Inngår i: International journal of legal medicine (Print), ISSN 0937-9827, E-ISSN 1437-1596, Vol. 132, nr 3, s. 815-823Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
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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 the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare. A number of ethical challenges related to conflicting goals, equality and fairness, autonomy and informed consent, privacy and integrity, and professional values and roles are identified and analysed. It is concluded that most of these challenges can be met, but that this requires a system where the assessment is sufficiently accurate and where adequate safeguards are in place. Two important ethical questions are found to warrant further analysis. The first is whether asylum seekers' consent to the procedure can be considered genuinely voluntary. The second is whether and how medical age assessments could affect negative public attitudes towards asylum seekers or discriminatory societal views more generally.

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2018. Vol. 132, nr 3, s. 815-823
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Age assessment, Asylum seekers, Ethical issues, Unaccompanied minors
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-145603DOI: 10.1007/s00414-017-1730-3ISI: 000431031800025PubMedID: 29129020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-145603DiVA, id: diva2:1188413
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Funding agencies: Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-03-07 Laget: 2018-03-07 Sist oppdatert: 2019-06-27

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