UNICEF Sweden said there are the shortcomings in how asylum seekers are treated in Nordic countries. The new report reveals the fact that none of the Scandinavian states is meeting the requirements in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Sweden is one of the richest European Union countries, but even this state reports about shortcomings in Sweden’s treatment of asylum seekers. In its recent report, UNICEF Sweden cites the example of the wrongdoings of the system. Christina Heilborn of UNICEF Sweden says that children who are taken into care because their parents are judged to be unfit to care for them, but are then later deported with the same parents anyway if their guardians receive a deportation notice.
“The report shows that despite Sweden being considered a world leader in children’s rights there are major shortcomings when it comes to asylum seeking children and their rights. It can look good on paper, but in reality there are significant weaknesses,”
Despite the announced shortcomings, the treatment of asylum seekers in Sweden is stable and good. The country is cited in UNICEF report as a good example of how Sweden gives all children the right to attend school, even during the asylum process, the toughest period in the life of children.
Of course, the healthcare system is one of the strongest sides of Sweden, it also highlighted as a good example from Sweden’s part, where children in the asylum process have access to it under similar terms to other children.