Language testing

Danielle Cohen
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Danielle Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest and expert advice.
1 March 2013

Further news from Mark Harper, the Minister of State, stated that he made an authorisation under the Equality Act 2010 to enable the UK Border Agency to target for language testing those claiming to be of Kuwaiti, Syrian or Palestinian national origin, for the purpose of assisting with the identification of their true place of origin, and to deter fraudulent claims arising because of actual or perceived benefit to an asylum claim. Language analysis testing is already carried out on a case by case basis if it is suspected that an applicant has provided false information regarding their place of origin. All testing, targeted or not, is conducted on the basis of informed consent, however, a refusal to submit to testing may be taken into account when determining whether an applicant has assisted in establishing the facts of his case. The authorisation came into operation on 28th February 2013 and will remain in force until revoked.