Your asylum procedure is too fast and not fair, UNHCR tells UK government

Today, the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency John Vine releases his report into the Detained Fast Track (DFT)  , a procedure whereby asylum seekers are detained if the government considers their claim “can be decided quickly”. My organisation, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), has also been auditing the Detained Fast Track – at the government’s invitation – since 2008. Whilst John Vine’s report considers the efficiency and cost of the process, the concerns identified by UNHCR lie rather with the humanitarian impact of detaining asylum seekers and whether those who need international protection are identified properly. Continue reading “Your asylum procedure is too fast and not fair, UNHCR tells UK government”