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The government presented its first study of the so-called "apathetic children" today, after King Carl XVI Gustav added his voice to a chorus of concern from charities, church groups and politicians who want them protected from deportation.
"It is dreadful what is happening to these poor children," the Swedish king told reporters.
The condition is known as Pervasive Refusal Syndrome and can be life-threatening.
More than 61 per cent of the children come from the former Soviet Union, mostly Central Asia and the Caucasus, and 26 per cent from the former Yugoslavia, especially Kosovo.
In some quarters Pervasive Refusal Syndrome is considered to be a child form of 'catatonia'. The condition is often linked to a previous, severe trauma.