Monday, December 22, 2008

Four in every five asylum seekers caught out by 'language police'

FOUR out of five asylum seekers have been caught making false claims by 'language detectives' who can tell where they really come from, the Irish Independent has learned.

The language analysis tests are being used because of "ongoing evidence" of efforts to undermine the State's asylum system, according to the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC).

In some cases, asylum seekers from a "safe state" are claiming to be from another country which is generally regarded as having serious human rights issues.

Some 140 applicants have now undergone the tests in order to verify their ethnic origin. Only one out of every five applicants tested are from where they claim.

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