Nahh….its easier to lie, than to climb on board a truck!

Copy e-mail to Home Office Minister

I wish to be advised, under Freedom of Information rules, on the following queries regarding your service.
1. What forms of identity are being used/scrutinised by the team in Calais who are conducting checks on ‘unaccompanied’ minors and young people who claim to have relatives legally resident in the United Kingdom?
2. Are any checks being made with DNA samples, possibly the only known test with a ‘one in a million’ possibility of absolute success in tracing familial contacts?
3. Are the checks, at present being carried out in Calais, subject to a secondary check in the U.K., to ensure verification? And if not, why not?
Replies may be made by e-mail, in order to limit costs of printing.
Mike Cunningham

4 comments for “Nahh….its easier to lie, than to climb on board a truck!

  1. Errol
    October 16, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve no idea what you expect them to return but this isn’t going to be considered. The cost is too high, the outcome nebulous. This isn’t what the freedom of information act was for.

  2. auralay
    October 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    1 Interview by sympathetic social worker.
    2 No
    3 No. We have every faith that the procedures in place in Calais are effective and sufficient.

    There! No need to waste any more electrons on sending FOIs.

  3. Mudplugger
    October 17, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Sorry, Mike, you’re confusing procedure with politics.

    The ‘politics’ requires that the UK Government is seen to be admitting an adequate number of apparently youthful individuals – that’s all there is to it.
    A ‘procedure’ will be applied to ensure that political objective is delivered.

    They care not to whom those individuals may or may not be related or how they came to be apparently ‘alone’ on the other side of the Channel – the politics must be satisfied regardless: if any of them happen to be telegenic, that’s a PR bonus. Welcome to the real world.

  4. DaveK
    October 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Extract from Hansard:

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/160209-gc0001.htm

    “In the year to September 2015, 1,570 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children arrived in the UK, and 61% of those children were 16 or over. Only 7% were 14 and under. I have to say that those figures surprised me when I read them, because when I thought of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children I thought of my grandson, who is five or six. As we have discussed in Questions before, a large number of that particular group come from certain areas such as Eritrea, which is not to say that Eritrea is not a country that people would want to leave because of their conscription and national service in an open-ended way. They also come from Albania and other countries. At the moment, Albania forms 632 while Eritrea forms 460 of the total unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, while Afghanistan forms 179 and Syria 118. I present that as simply an expansion on the designation and the general term of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. In other words, are we actually helping those whom we want to help the most?

    Lord Green of Deddington: On that very point, is the Minister aware that something like 40% of these unaccompanied asylum-seeking children are involved in an age dispute? Quite often, those who claim to be 16 are found to be 18. The point is that many of them are older than one might think”.

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