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12 year old refused asylum because not carrying documents to prove case

A little taster of the depths to which some civil servants sink in cooking up reasons to refuse asylum claimants:

I agree with Mr Yeo’s submission that the respondent’s repeated assertion that the appellant has no documents to prove various parts of his case is absurd. I agree that it would be inherently unlikely that a 12 year old child smuggled to the UK would be left in possession of any documents on his arrival in the UK or that he would be able to obtain such documents from Afghanistan after his arrival.

Appeal just allowed in the First-tier Tribunal, happily.

Colin Yeo
A barrister specialising in UK immigration law at Garden Court Chambers in London, I have been practising in immigration law for 15 years. I am passionate about immigration law and founded and edit the Free Movement immigration law blog.

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