Asylum Seekers

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Lord Dubs Lord Dubs Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many age-disputed unaccompanied asylum seekers who applied for asylum in each of the last five years and so far this year and who were found to have been incorrectly assessed spent any period of time in an adult detention centre.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

UK Border Agency began to collect statistics on age disputes in detention from October 2009. Between October 2009 and the end of September 2010, six age disputed applicants were initially assessed as an adult, detained in an immigration reception centre (IRC), but later found to be a child and subsequently released from detention.

UKBA's policy is to give applicants the benefit of the doubt if we are unsure of their age and treat them as a child until a full age assessment has been conducted.

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