There have been over 11,275 asylum circumstances the place age was disputed within the final seven years
THE authorities stated it’s introducing laws permitting bone and enamel X-rays to confirm the age of asylum seekers suspected of falsely claiming to be minors.
The federal government is making an attempt to curb what it calls “unlawful” migration to the UK — a extremely contentious political subject.
Laws unveiled this week by the justice ministry, which nonetheless wants parliament’s approval, will “authorise using X-rays in scientific age assessments”, the inside ministry stated.
The house ministry will introduce additional legal guidelines specifying that X-rays of enamel and bones of the arms and wrists in addition to MRIs of knees and collar bones “can be utilized as a part of the age evaluation course of”.
These checks are utilized in many European nations however some campaigners and medical professionals have questioned their reliability.
“Age evaluation is a crucial course of to assist forestall asylum searching for adults posing as youngsters as a manner of accessing assist they aren’t entitled to, and permit real youngsters to entry age-appropriate providers,” the house ministry stated.
Between 2016 and June 2023, there have been over 11,275 asylum circumstances the place age was disputed and nearly half of the people (5,551) had been discovered to be adults, it famous.
The federal government is beneath stress to cease tens of hundreds of migrants making harmful crossings on the Channel from northern France in small boats annually.
It has launched controversial laws barring asylum claims by all Channel arrivals and different “unlawful routes”.
The brand new regulation additionally mandates their switch to 3rd nations, resembling Rwanda, however each insurance policies are on maintain amid a courtroom problem over the legality of sending migrants to east Africa.
Britain’s asylum system can also be going through an enormous backlog, a delay that rights teams assert is of the federal government’s personal making.