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Genetic testing for asylum?

LONDON – Britain is using genetic tests on some African asylum seekers in an effort to catch those who are lying about their nationality, drawing criticism from scientists and provoking outrage from rights groups.

The United Kingdom Border Agency launched the pilot project in September amid suspicions there might be a large number of asylum applicants lying about their home countries. An agency spokesman said Britain was the only country using genetic tests in this way.

Experts, however, say the tests are based on flawed science and there's no way genetic swabs can provide meaningful evidence regarding nationality.

Concerned about potential fraud, the Bush administration launched a pilot DNA testing project in 2007 to vet applicants to a program that allows family members of African refugees already in the United States to join them.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 9:45 AM on Nov. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The project, which wrapped up in March 2008, found an extremely high rate of fraud — 87 percent — among applicants claiming to be related to each other, the State Department said, and the resettlement program was suspended until those concerns could be addressed. The U.S. does not use genetic tests to try to prove nationality.

    Authorities in Britain described the testing as voluntary and said applicants would be asked to provide a mouth swab or hair or nail sample only in cases where questions arise about their nationality and they would be free to decline.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091105/ap_on_sc/eu_med_britain_genetic_testing;_ylt=AtF47_4rbkHsbDo_7wQg_xNH2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTMxanVkcWpyBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMTA1L2V1X21lZF9icml0YWluX2dlbmV0aWNfdGVzdGluZwRjcG9zAzUEcG9zAzUEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNnZW5ldGljdGVzdHM-
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:45 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • "I don't care what other Countries do. I care about what we do" a quote from sweets
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:11 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • "I don't care what other Countries do. I care about what we do" a quote from sweets


    Concerned about potential fraud, the Bush administration launched a pilot DNA testing project in 2007 to vet applicants to a program that allows family members of African refugees already in the United States to join them.


    Oh and BTW, I am not the one saying their way is better as the other post WAS. Talking about policies in other countries is different than saying THEY are better like the OTHER OP was doing.

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:32 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • Sweets very own spin zone. How cute is that?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:42 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • Sweets very own spin zone. How cute is that?


     Nice try , I don't have to spin. But apparently you have to stalk....I know, I should be arrested , for being awesome!

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:12 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • awesome, narrowminded (shrugs) mehh same thing
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:23 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • awesome, narrowminded (shrugs) mehh same thing


    Look at you, back to attack again!! kiss miniLove my haters!

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:27 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • We all love you too.

    (warm fuzzies)
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:28 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • Awsome cut and paste sweet-a-kins! Let us know when an original thought comes along!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:42 PM on Nov. 5, 2009

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