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This article illustrates how language analysis has been used in the UK's asylum decision making process in recent years. It considers some of the contested issues surrounding language analysis, including its deployment in cases where there is doubt about the validity of claims related to specific nationalities, and the potential consequences for the consideration of claims in situations where language analysis combines with abbreviated or fast-track procedures. The article considers how the application of the rules on expert evidence have been modified in the case of RB (Somalia) to take account of language analysis, and it also attempts to place the UK experience within its wider context by exploring various methods used to conduct language analysis in different jurisdictions. The article concludes by reflecting on the role played by language analysis - whether formal or informal - in the asylum decision-making-process and by making some suggestions for the future.
|Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:||Craig, Ms Sarah|
|Subjects:||K Law > K Law (General)|
|College/School:||College of Social Sciences > School of Law|
|Journal Name:||Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law|
|Published Online:||August 2012|