UK: At Least 1 In 8 Child Refugees Are Actually Adults

From Yahoo! (UK):
A new report has found that at least one in eight refugees who claimed to be children arriving in the UK were in fact adults.

Some 65% of asylum seekers who were assessed after claiming to be children were judged to be over 18, according to the report by immigration watchdog David Bolt.

The Home Office received 2,952 asylum applications from unaccompanied children in the year up to June 2017.

Officials believed applicant were lying about their age in 705 of those cases, with 402 (65%) found to be adults.

The report states:

Home Office data indicated that between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017 it had received 2,952
applications for asylum from unaccompanied children. In the same period, it had raised 705 age
disputes, roughly 1 in 4. Of the 705, 618 had been resolved. In 216 (35%) of these 618 cases, the
Local Authority assessed the claimant to be under 18, and in 402 (65%) cases they were assessed
to be over 18 (an adult). Compared with the previous 12 months, the percentage of disputes
raised was down (from c.30%) as was the percentage (32%) found to be children.

That means nearly 14 per cent of all applicants were deemed to be under-18….

Home Office screening officers are told to judge a child based on their ‘physical appearance and demeanour’ if they do not have a birth certificate or travel documents.

The asylum seeker must be ‘afforded the benefit of the doubt and treated as children’ unless they appear ‘significantly’ over 18.

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