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Resignation syndrome: Sweden's mystery illness watch

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    Over the past two decades, Sweden has been contending with Resignation Syndrome, a mysterious illness that affects only the children of asylum seekers, causing them to withdraw completely, to the extent that they won't walk, talk, or even open their eyes. Eventually the do recover from this, but the question remains, what causes it? And why does this only seem to be reported in Sweden?

    Resignation Syndrome was first reported in Sweden in 1998, with than 400 cases were reported in the two years from 2003-2005.Over the last decade, however, the number of children reported to be suffering from is has decreased, with 169 cases in 2015/16.

    You can read the full article here, but what is your stance on the issue? What do you think could be causing the illness to be contained within Sweden? And could it be contagious, given there have been cases emerging within an area or family once initial ones have been reported?

    i first came across this unusual syndrome in the play The Most Wanted Man in Sweden:


    ( available for another 10 days on i-player )
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