British dentists reject call to use dental X-rays to verify child migrants’ age

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Kurdish children play as they get out of the volunteer school in the makeshift migrant camp in Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk, or Dunkerque, France, 16 January 2016.

British dentists reject call to use dental X-rays to verify child migrants’ age


A Tory lawmaker has added a controversial new twist in the UK’s immigration debate. Monmouth MP David Davies proposed mandatory teeth checks to reassure that child migrants arriving to the United Kingdom from Calais are not over the age of 18.

The British Dental Association (BDA)has warned this would be unethical.

One BDA spokesman said it was "vigorously opposed" to the use of dental X-rays to try to determine the age of asylum seekers.

"It's not only an inaccurate method for assessing...


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