A Credible Witness? Deconstructing the Narratives of Separated Children Seeking Asylum

DSC01319The first Uncertain Journeys symposium was held at Garden Court Chambers and focused on narratives of separated children seeking asylum, looking particularly at ideas about ‘credibility’. Given the importance of ‘credibility’ in the asylum process, participants highlighted the complexities and challenges for young people and their advocates in presenting a credible case as credibility is contextual. Credibility is also affected by assessors’ assumptions regarding the behaviour of separated young people seeking asylum; if the behaviour does not match these assumptions then credibility is potentially undermined. Finally, the symposium considered the role of the immigration system and providing court systems which are more child-friendly.

 

For further details of the symposium discussions see: http://www.uncertainjourneys.org.uk/symposium-1/