Another ‘Open Borders’ Attempt – For The Chiiiillldreeeeeennnn!

Children seeking asylum in the UK alone are confronted with a “culture of disbelief and suspicion”

As are adults seeking asylum.

And isn’t that the correct thing to do? Should we not check their stories?

… which leaves them frightened and confused, a report has claimed.

Ah. Right.

But they are fleeing persecution and in fear of their very lives, so surely they are ahead of the game by just being ‘frightened and confused’, no?

And who produced this report?

The needs of children fleeing war, violence and human rights abuses are not being sufficiently met by the authorities, according the Children’s Society report.

Ah. Say no more.

So, given that we aren’t going to give in and wave through every winsome moppet with a sob-story, where do we go from here?

The children’s charity said the absence of child-friendly information, a wide-spread culture of disbelief and disputes over young people’s age are causing confusion and a sense of insecurity.

This means children who are already traumatised are made more anxious, which could lead to long-term consequences for their well-being, the charity claimed.


The charity is calling for specialist training for interpreters who work with these children, establishing an independent complaint and feedback system to inform all stages of the immigration process that children can easily understand, and addressing the culture of disbelief that prevents children from being treated fairly.

No, I think I’d rather the UKBA hung on to their ‘culture of disbelief’, thanks all the same.

6 comments for “Another ‘Open Borders’ Attempt – For The Chiiiillldreeeeeennnn!

  1. October 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Right, that’s the Children’s Society added to my list of organisations who I will NOT contribute to. Although I fully support the granting of asylum for those genuinely fleeing oppression(I know of too many people who would have had their lives ended in Nazi death camps or Soviet Gulags had the UK not let them in)it is right and proper that those seeking asylum should have their stories thoroughly checked whether they are children or adults.

    Unfortunately, there have been far too many instances in recent times where we have granted asylum to those who have not only shown a lack of gratitude to the UK for saving their lives, but in many cases have either ponced off of the taxpayer or have actively worked to attack the UK.

    We have to have a culture of disbelief or we will be taken for a ride.

    • October 9, 2012 at 5:34 am

      Spot on!

  2. Jim
    October 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

    A friend of mine is a teacher in school that gets lots of these ‘kids’ who are claiming asylum. Many of them aren’t kids at all, they understate their age, so they cannot be deported. One kid he had as a pupil (nominally aged 16 or below) had a full beard, and another teacher (at the same school) ordered a pizza at home one night and one of his pupils (all of who are 16 and below) turned up in a car to deliver it. The whole system is open to abuse from top to bottom.

    • October 9, 2012 at 5:34 am

      Yup, there’s a regular cat and mouse battle with the authorities to claim some awfully tall and strapping ‘children’ as such.

  3. Derek
    October 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    According to the asylum rules, the refugees are supposed to claim asylum in the first safe country they come to after fleeing their own country. This means that no one should be clainming asylum in this country. There is an international business in bringing refugees to this country, and it is not fussy about telling the truth about its clients. These organisations should be investigated, and where crimes are comitted, the persons responsible prosecuted.

  4. Furor Teutonicus
    October 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    You also need an all blanketing asylum system in Europe. Germany, the age for “children” is 21. Useless then to make it 16, or 18 in the U.K, when they can come here for three months, and then have complete freedom to go where they like within the “Chengen borders”.

    I would suggest a system something like….Oh I dunno… Burma springs to mind.

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