Several months of systematic investigation of the identity of over 700 asylum seekers who said they were persecuted and oppressed stateless persons from Kuwait, gave results to the Immigration Service.
Via: Martin Johansen
According to the board, 634 of these are not from Kuwait, and therefore they have received a rejection over the summer. This is the case for the most important issue regarding identity in asylum so far, “says Anders Dorph, Deputy Director of the Immigration Service, responsible for asylum.
“We have previously seen cases of fraud where you try to lie to another nationality to gain an advantage, but not to this extent,” he says.
A special team in Denmark‘s Immigration Agency could demonstrate through a comprehensive mapping of family patterns as well as traces of social media, mobile data and international cooperation that the many asylum seekers probably originate from Iraq.
More than 300 of the people have proven to belong to the same family, and the board found two applicants with manuals with detailed instructions on what to say and make an asylum call for credibly appearing as stateless – so-called bidooner – from Kuwait.
According to Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, Professor of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden and Refugee Researcher, the manuals and scope of the case point to the fact that there is an organized network behind. He can see obvious reasons that Iraqis should try to appear as bidooners from Kuwait. The so-called recognition rate for Iraqis has thus fallen. Last year, 13 per cent had asylum. There are no separate figures for the so far very small group of stateless people from Kuwait, but among all stateless people, including Palestinians, the recognition rate was 82 in 2016.
“There’s a huge deal of forging documents and helping people to take on identities, where one can be fairly sure of getting asylum. If an Iraqi can increase his chance of getting asylum to 80-90 per cent, then it may seem attractive to many to try another nationality, “says Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen.
The Refugee Board, the second and last instance in asylum cases, has just settled the first 16 complaints cases and in all cases confirmed the refusal of the Immigration Service.