Asylum-seekers falsely implicating themselves in international crimes: Should they be informed of the existence of Article 1F of the Refugee Convention?

Authors

  • Brian Moore Kingston University
  • Joris van Wijk Center for International Criminal Justice, VU University Amsterdam.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v12i1.259

Keywords:

asylum seekers, 1F Refugee Convention, war crimes, warning

Abstract

Case studies in the Netherlands and the UK of asylum applicants excluded or under consideration of exclusion pursuant to Article 1Fa of the Refugee Convention reveal that some applicants falsely implicated themselves in serious crimes or behaviours in order to enhance their refugee claim. This may have serious consequences for the excluded persons themselves, as well as for national governments dealing with them. For this reason we suggest immigration authorities could consider forewarning asylum applicants i.e. before their interview, about the existence, purpose and possible consequences of exclusion on the basis of Article 1F.

Author Biographies

Brian Moore, Kingston University

Brian Moore is a postgraduate student at Kingston University, and former UK Police and Border Chief. 

Joris van Wijk, Center for International Criminal Justice, VU University Amsterdam.

Joris van Wijk is Associate Professor of Criminology and Executive Director of the Center for International Criminal Justice at VU University Amsterdam.

Published

2014-05-15

How to Cite

Moore, B., & Wijk, J. van. (2014). Asylum-seekers falsely implicating themselves in international crimes: Should they be informed of the existence of Article 1F of the Refugee Convention?. Migration Letters, 12(1), 91-101. https://doi.org/10.33182/ml.v12i1.259

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