PICUM BULLETIN — 17 MARCH 2015

  • FRANCE / Call to sign petition to ban bone x-ray age tests for unaccompanied children

    A call for signatures was launched in January 2015 to ban the use of bone x-rays to determine the age of unaccompanied migrant children. Bone x-rays of the left hand and wrist are used to determine the age of unaccompanied children. If there are no more growth cartilages, the person is estimated to be more or less 18 years old. Medical professionals and legal experts have denounced the unreliability of these tests for determining the age of children, as well as raising additional ethical and legal concerns. When these unaccompanied children are judged to be minors, they fall under the protection of the state; if they are deemed to be adults they risk being deported or can be sent to prison for misleading the authorities about their true identity. These tests, intended to be used as a last resort to determine the age of children, are now widely used by the French authorities with severe consequences for the unaccompanied children. To sign the petition, click here.
    Sources: Le Monde, 17 January 2015