Priti Patel to crackdown on adult UK asylum seekers who claim to be minors ...

Crackdown on migrants who pose as children: Adults who pretend to be under 18 to claim asylum in UK will be reviewed by new specialist unit to assess their age Specialist unit to be set up to crack down on adult migrants posing as children Social workers will be sent to local authorities to carry out expert assessments  Priti Patel to back scheme after series of high-profile cases of phonies - including balding man allegedly in his 40s who went to school after claiming to be a minor News comes amid soaring numbers of migrant arrivals - with 1,000 so far in June

By David Barrett Home Affairs Correspondent For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:41 BST, 11 June 2021 | Updated: 00:41 BST, 11 June 2021

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The farce of adult migrants posing as children is to be tackled in a crackdown by Priti Patel.

A specialist unit is to be set up by the Home Secretary to carry out expert assessments of would-be asylum seekers who claim to be under 18.

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It comes after a series of high-profile cases of phonies – including a balding man who appeared to be in his 40s – ending up in school because they said they were minors.

One adult asylum seeker spent six weeks in a Year 11 class before a Home Office investigation revealed he was years older.

Siavash Shah (above), believed to be from Iran, was pictured on social media by a pupil who asked: ‘How’s there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?’

Siavash Shah (above), believed to be from Iran, was pictured on social media by a pupil who asked: ‘How’s there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?’

A specialist unit is to be set up by Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured) to carry out expert assessments of would-be asylum seekers who claim to be under 18

A specialist unit is to be set up by Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured) to carry out expert assessments of would-be asylum seekers who claim to be under 18

A team of social workers will help local authorities nationwide assess new asylum claims, including those by people who arrive on small boats across the Channel. 

It comes amid soaring numbers of arrivals from northern France, with 1,000 so far this month alone. 

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