Vox Political: Gap Year Students Recruited by Government to Decide Asylum Seeker Claims

This is chilling and outrageous. Yesterday Mike put up a piece from the Guardian, which claimed that the government is recruiting gap year students to judge claims for asylum from immigrants. Some of the students recruited are studying law. The recruits are only given five weeks’ training before finally being considered qualified to interview asylum seekers and decide their cases. Mike askes the obvious question of whether, if this is true, it is fair to either the students or the asylum seekers themselves. The piece Mike put up also states that some of the students were put to work on the ‘detained fast-track’ cases, which were decided very quickly. This part of the claims process has been discontinued, but its replacement is also being challenged legally.

Now I don’t think it is fair or just, either to the asylum seekers or the students, that they should be expected to make potential life or death decisions on immigrants’ cases with only five weeks’ training. It simply isn’t enough. I would expect instead that such cases should be decided by professionals with years of experience and a deep knowledge of the issues involved. This just indicates to me that the government is determined to decide these cases as quickly and as cheaply as possible, regardless of the enormous potential for miscarriages of justice and the immense dangers to some claimants if they are sent back to their countries of origin. It’s the action of a government determined to cut down on immigration, regardless of the consequences and the potential deaths of those wrongly denied entry to the UK.

See Mike’s article at http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/02/28/gap-year-students-are-deciding-asylum-claims/

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