Border police: nine out of ten Moroccans lie about age — are adults
January 22, 2018
Significantly more Moroccans were able to be deported from Sweden last year. This, after a new collaboration between Swedish authorities and Morocco on fingerprints, reports Ekot today. According to the border police, 90 percent of Moroccans who said that they are under 18 lied about their age.
Young Moroccans who come to Sweden often lack asylum qualifications, and then choose to devote themselves to crime and drug abuse.
Through a new cooperation between Sweden and Morocco, where fingerprints are used, more people can now be deported back to the Arab country.
In 2016, the number of executions to Morocco was 75, compared to 135 last year.
“We have been given permission to work very well with Moroccan authorities, and have a working routine that we are very pleased with,” says Per Löwenberg, Group Head of the National Border Policy Division, to Ekot.
In cases going through Morocco, 75 percent of people can be identified. This is because Swedish authorities have access to a large database of fingerprints in Morocco. From this it has been concluded that almost all Moroccans have lied about their age.
Among those who say that they are under 18 years of age, the information has been found to be incorrect in 90% of cases, explains Per Löwenberg for Ekot.
And while deportations are increasing, it’s still a very difficult job to implement, the border police point out. Among other reasons, this is because those who are to be deported are living in such problematic situations.