THE GUARDIAN: 'Discredited' test used on two in five Syrian asylum seekers in UK

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Release date: 17/6/2019

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Yaron Matras, a professor of linguistics at the University of Manchester, said: “There’s been suggestions from academics and activists that the use of language analysis is a political way of excluding people. I’ve certainly found there is that risk because there’s a lack of diligence when commissioning private contractors to do that.”

Matras, an expert in Arabic and Kurdish, has provided testimony in court and helped overturn more than a dozen decisions in the past three years where the Home Office relied on language analysis to refuse asylum.

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Title'Discredited' test used on two in five Syrian asylum seekers in UK
Media name/outletThe Guardian
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date17/06/19
DescriptionYaron Matras, a professor of linguistics at the University of Manchester, said: “There’s been suggestions from academics and activists that the use of language analysis is a political way of excluding people. I’ve certainly found there is that risk because there’s a lack of diligence when commissioning private contractors to do that.”

Matras, an expert in Arabic and Kurdish, has provided testimony in court and helped overturn more than a dozen decisions in the past three years where the Home Office relied on language analysis to refuse asylum.
URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/17/discredited-test-used-on-two-in-five-syrian-asylum-seekers-in-uk
PersonsYaron Matras