29 Oct 2017

Insight: Sweden's Child Migrant Mystery

From Insight, 8:10 am on 29 October 2017
Child migrant queuing to be registered

Child migrant queuing to be registered Photo: AFP

For nearly two decades, Swedish health professionals have been treating asylum-seeking children who fall into a deeply listless state. They withdraw from the world, refuse to speak, walk and eat - most end up being tube-fed. Experts agree it is children who have experienced deep trauma who are vulnerable. Doctors link the condition to an uncertain migration status. But why, asks the BBC's Linda Pressly, does it only seem to happen to children in Sweden?

Listen to the full report here