Factcheck: How Many ‘Child Refugees’ Are Actually Adults?

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The Twitterati is getting very upset with newspapers and MPs for questioning the ages of the ‘child refugees’ arriving in the UK. Historical data however shows this is not an unreasonable question to be asked. Last year the Home Office queried the ages of nearly 600 asylum seekers who claimed to be children, finding that two thirds were in fact adults. Since 2006 nearly 5,000 adults have sought asylum claiming to be children. Whatever your views on the migrant crisis, the numbers don’t lie…


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