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12 year old refused asylum because not carrying documents to prove case


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A little taster of the depths to which some civil servants sink in cooking up reasons to refuse asylum claimants:

I agree with Mr Yeo’s submission that the respondent’s repeated assertion that the appellant has no documents to prove various parts of his case is absurd. I agree that it would be inherently unlikely that a 12 year old child smuggled to the UK would be left in possession of any documents on his arrival in the UK or that he would be able to obtain such documents from Afghanistan after his arrival.

Appeal just allowed in the First-tier Tribunal, happily.

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Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.


One Response

  1. *bangs head on desk*

    It’s been all about the numbers since May 2010 and will continue to be so. Is “reducing net migration” a relevant consideration under the 51 convention or Art. 8(2)? :p