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It is important to determine the chronological ages of children and adolescent asylum seekers and physicians and researchers working in forensic medicine and paediatrics are involved in this process. However, it appears that forensic doctors in Germany (1) and Sweden, as discussed in this paper, have been ignoring high-quality research in epidemiology, paediatrics and psychology when they assess adolescents, In Sweden, the age of asylum-seeking adolescents is estimated by using radiological assessments of bone and teeth age and the risk of deportation is increased if the estimated age is 18 years or higher. In 2017, the Swedish National Board for Forensic Medicine assessed the bone age of 9,617 asylum-seeking adolescents and it maintains that its assessments were more comprehensive than any other country and that they have considerable experience when it comes to age assessments. It is therefore of international interest to examine their procedures. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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Name: Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)
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