Monday, January 21, 2019
Austria: 40% of Muslim migrants lied about age, many involved in high-profile crimes
The Austrian government has released statistics showing that in 2017, 4 out of every 10 migrants who claimed to be underage were lying in order to have a better chance of getting asylum.
The statistics come after medical tests showed that 347 migrants out of 867 who were flagged as potentially being adults, were found to be at least 18 or older, Kronen Zeitung reports.
The asylum seekers in questions were subjected to medical examinations including X-ray and physical, dental and radiological tests which cost the Austrian taxpayer 1.2 million euros. The results follow similar tests done in 2015 and in 2016 where nearly a thousand migrants were found to be lying about their real age.
"Underage" migrants have also been involved with several high-profile crimes in both Austria and neighbouring Germany where some cities, such as Hamburg, have found that up to half of the underage asylum seekers are over the age of 18.
The most well-known case of a migrant claiming to be underage and going on to murder a young woman was that of Hussein Khavari, the rapist and killer of German student Maria Ladenburger. Tests found that he was an adult, while his own dad claimed that Khavari could be as old as 33.
Earlier this month, another young girl, 16-year-old Manuela K., was found dead in the town of Wiener Neustadt, discovered under a pile of leaves by her own mom
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