February
14
2018
Author
Dave Smith
Guardian exposes failings in Asylum Interviews

The main article is about three whistleblowers who describe the British asylum process as a lottery, where many asylum interviews are rushed, biased and resolved by “cut and paste” decisions by overworked Home Office staff. 

Former staff employed in deciding asylum claims said some colleagues had a harsh, even abusive, attitude towards applicants, mocking them to one another and employing “intimidation tactics” during interviews.

As a result, the whistleblowers said, the asylum system was in effect a lottery, depending on the personal views of the decision-maker who picked up the file. They said some staff took pride in rarely, if ever, granting asylum. The link to the article can be found here.