The UKBA and child asylum seekers

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The compensation payment to child asylum seekers who were unlawfully detained (Report, 18 February) is a symptom of a deeper problem affecting, at any one time, thousands of young asylum seekers claiming to be children who arrive in the UK. The current system for assessing the age of these vulnerable young people unable to prove their age has led to an unprecedented level of legal challenge through judicial review in the high court. However, it is also true to say that there is no “magic bullet” for assessing age correctly.

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