Gap-year students deciding asylum claims

Immigration lawyers condemn Home Office practice of recruiting undergraduates to make potentially life-or-death judgments A Ugandan asylum seeker whose fate may be decided by a student with five weeks’ training. Photograph: David Levene for the Observer Gap-year students are being recruited by the Home Office to make potentially life or death decisions on asylum claims, the Observer has learned. The students receive only five weeks’ training before they begin interviewing asylum seekers and making decisions about whether they can stay in the UK or should be sent back to their…

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