Greek authorities, in coordination with the European Union, are automatically detaining all asylum seekers and migrants who arrive on the islands of Lesbos and Chios in deplorable conditions. The detention of about 4,000 people creates particular hardships for vulnerable people who are held, such as children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities.
The figures have prompted Bufdir to investigate situations where minors are potentially being abused.
“We are looking very seriously at children under 18 who are in danger of being subjected to sexual abuse, violence and forced actions. We are committed to helping these children and to preventing forced situations. These could be criminal cases,” Bufdir director Mari Trommald told NRK.
Trommald noted that each case must be assessed individually to determine whether the married couples should live separately.
“The age of sexual consent in Norway is 16 and that will often guide how one views these matters. However, other problematic situations like violence and coercion will also be included in the assessments,” she said.
The youngest was an 11-year-old girl, according to government figures.
At least 10 girls were under the age of 16, which is the age of sexual consent in Norway. Forty-nine girls and two boys were 16 or 17 when they arrived in the country, NRK reported, citing figures from the Norwegian Immigration Directorate (UDI) and the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir). At least two of the girls under the age of 18 were expecting their second child.
“If one is expelled by force, it’s up to the Finnish state to pay for the flight and police officers guarding it. It’s a lot more expensive,” she told the Helsingin Sanomat paper.
According to the Permanent Secretary, separate transit centers will be established for those leaving Finland voluntarily and for those being deported.
All of last year’s asylum applications will be processed by the end of August, she said.
On Wednesday at the State Court in Vienna’s Neustadt an 18-year-old Afghan was sentenced to 20 months in prison without parole for rape. He also has to pay 5000 euros compensation to the 72-year-old woman, who has been very marked by the attack.
The incident on 1 September last year created a sensation: the penioner was walking her old dog in the Schwechat meadow near Traiskirchen in Lower Austria, when she encountered two young asylum seekers swimming in the river. According to an acquaintance of the victim in the witness stand, the boys were “also very nice” at first, they even helped the woman over an embankment. “But then one them fell upon her from behind.”
What exactly happened that afternoon in the meadow that is much loved by pet-owners, we did not learn at the trial, because the public was excluded during the testimony of the victim and the accused.
However, DNA traces confirmed that the pensioner was anally raped. The then 17-year-old Afghan was quickly caught. He does not dispute the crime, but says he was drunk. His friend says he wasn’t aware of the rape.
Large amounts of development funds are being sent to Afghanistan, so one can expect the Afghans to remain in their country,” he said, adding that it’s impossible to qualify Afghanistan as a safe origin country, which is a reason to deny asylum requests.
“I’m therefore saying clearly today that those who come from Afghanistan as refugees cannot all expect to stay in Germany,”de Maiziere concluded.
The growing refugee crisis is sharpening debates over the migration policy in Germany. Horst Seehofer, leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), presented an ultimatum to Chancellor Merkel on Tuesday demanding to limit the influx of refugees until All Saints’ Day on Sunday.
One of the officers described what had happened in a police report obtained by the Vestmanlands Läns Tidning newspaper.
“Even more people appeared behind us. I was mentally prepared to fight for my life. We were 10 police officers in a narrow corridor. And I hear someone yell that there is an emergency exit,” the officer said.
The incident took place in the Signalisten asylum in Västerås last Wednesday but police didn’t provide any information to the press until Monday this week.