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Foreign Lands: Part 3: And your date of birth is? Age assessments

Date:26 MAR 2013

Gillian Geddes

Barrister 2-3 Hind Court:

Unaccompanied minors subject to UK immigration control can face difficulties on arrival or discovery in the UK in proving when they were born to the various agencies that will need to know.  Back home an accurate date may not have been of significant importance.  S/he was born 'at the time of the great drought' (or some other memorable event) or dates and calendars were calculated differently there or documentary proof was simply not available.  The provision of the correct date of birth matters a great deal in this country however and providing the wrong one can have serious consequences: loss of benefits inappropriate detention or placement or even being sent out of the UK again immediately after arrival.  Yet even if a correct date of birth is given for a variety of reasons this may be disputed and this in itself can have a negative impact on the minor's sense of identity and self-worth.  Accumulating case-law on the subject demonstrates that the age assessment process is...

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