From a low level..
In short, applicants are advised by lawyers, you get some who pay 000’s to be coached by non lawyers on navigating the various laws and processes which are essentially flow charts dependent on your type of asylum claim over here, there are various countries with different things an asylum seeker can claim for, you just have to know them and some background around the country you claim you are from.. If their case is turning shit they can say in the middle of their interview oh sorry I’m lying and everything has to be struck off the record and a fresh interview prepared.. If they are rejected asylum from a certain regressive country under one claim they can claim for example they are gay and would be killed and then the whole process starts again. Approx 12k to kick someone out after rejection, the flight is paid for. Regular occurrences of people in there with expensive jewellery and still trying to claim support but jewellery, 50k watches and LV bags aren’t considered assets. Ex home office employees leave to coach asylum seekers either in this country or abroad. Home office employees regularly talk and leak things to the press as we know. Legally speaking the interviewers have no jurisdiction if they can tell an applicant is lying or contravenes statements they have to re ask the question and accept whatever answer, they are simply a human flow chart, providing the applicant gives the correct answer, lying or not, they’re good. This is just off the top of my head if I sat and properly thought I’d probably have specific cases and stories come to mind.
Ah one man from Kurdistan claimed he was 15 .. Unless he has anything to disprove his age, it’s taken as that. I asked them to pull up his file, he looked late 20s at least.
Some have been here over 10 years navigating the process.
I’ve seen some of the hmos from the financing side and to be fair they are a bit shitty but a lot of them complain and get rehoused quite easily. They get their support and are free to roam.
Process wise they are terrible, a lot of case files are still paper based and as they are short staffed they are genuinely paying claims handlers to scan documents in and organise them on the db which looks like a program ported from windows 2000. I checked and it’s from early 2k i think (don’t quote that part) ..
The only thing good about the home office - asylum claims is that their head is from the private sector.