Three in four ‘child’ asylum seekers are actually adults, Denmark claims | The Independent

Three-quarters of age-tested asylum seekers who told Danish authorities they were children have been found to be older than 18, the the country’s immigration service has said.

Denmark has sent some 800 people to be age-tested so far in 2016, more than double last year’s figure – and officials predict another 200 by the end of the year.

The tests involve X-rays of the subjects’ teeth and fingers and are carried out by the Insititute of Forensic Medicine in Copenhagen, Jyllands-Posten reported.

Experts have said dental evidence is not totally reliable, pointing out it is possible to wrongly estimate someone’s age by up to three years when making an estimate based on this criteria.

Integration minister Inger Stølberg said the figures proved the asylum system was working.

She said: “The Danish Immigration Service makes a major effort to expose those who are cheating and is also working on how it can happen even faster.”

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