Doctors in Germany on Tuesday spoke out against proposals for medical tests to check the age of asylum-seekers.
Leading politicians have called for compulsory tests amid allegations that migrants are lying about their age and posing as minors in order to avoid deportation and claim extra benefits.
But senior doctors warned that medical tests would not be reliable and risked harming asylum-seekers’ health.
“The investigations are complex, expensive and laden with great uncertainty,” Prof Frank Ulrich Montgomery, the president of the German Medical Association said. “If you carried them out on every refugee, it could interfere with human wellbeing.”
Perhaps it’s something that is used sparingly. That three foot one over there, w’ll assume – in the absence of a beard – that it’s a child not a dwarf. That 6 ‘ 8” hulk trying out for the basketball team, perhaps that claim of being 15 should be checked?
But “we’ll not test because that would be nasty” is perhaps not the way to go.
One of the interesting things about Germany is that there are lots of rules. Also, that the population think there should be lots of rules and also that they obey those lots of rules. To the point of following the listings of whose turn it is to sweep the communal courtyard etc.
Going to be interesting to see what happens with the addition of large numbers of people who don’t think there should be lots of rules nor that they should be followed.
How much does “ordnung” depend upon people being Germans in the first place?