New report examines asylum applications made by unaccompanied children

31 October 2013: EIN

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has published a new report looking at the handling of asylum applications made by unaccompanied children.

You can read the report here.

We recommend that the Home Office:
1. Applies the law consistently and correctly to children’s asylum claims regardless of where they
are considered.
2. Ensures that it meets its legal obligation regarding family tracing and retains a record of the
steps it has taken.
3. Decides children’s asylum claims in a timely manner regardless of where they are considered.
4. Ensures that new performance targets for children’s asylum cases are realistic, evidence-based
and comply with the Immigration Rules.
5. Develops validated statistics for all cases where asylum applicants claim to be unaccompanied
children.
6. Establishes a systematic and comprehensive monitoring system to ensure the timeliness and
quality of recorded data.
7. Improves the quality of refusal letters by ensuring that they are logical, concise and tailored to
the applicant.
8. Adopts a clear and consistent approach to the initial interview with asylum-seeking children,
while continuing to take account of individual needs.
9. Refers all unaccompanied children who apply for asylum to the Refugee Council within the
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