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Turkey latest country to adopt language tests in asylum procedure

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Turkey latest country to adopt language tests in asylum procedure

Following a deal made with the European Union to help increase border security and slow down the flow of migrants and refugees travelling through the country, Turkey has published a call for Technical Assistance for Capacity Building for Effective Nationality Determination through the European Commission’s department for International Cooperation and Development. This will allow them to use language tests in an effort to identify the origin of a person in asylum cases.

This endeavor will benefit from both automated systems, as well as a human component, where linguists will be working with native speakers of a certain dialect or language to achieve the needed technical knowledge required in this domain. The EuropeAid project, which has a budget of €2.5 million, will start in January 2019 and will have two years for capacity development.

Verified AB (Sweden), under the umbrella of Hulla & Co Human Dynamics, is on the shortlist for this project, along with Wyg International Danışmanlık Ltd. Şti. (Turkey) and Matbuu Baskı ve İnternet Hiz. Ltd. Şti. (Turkey). Human Dynamics specializes in consulting services in the public sector and collaborates with the European Union, among others, in the effort to bring technical development aid assistance to transitioning and developing countries.

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Verified provides expert testimony regarding linguistic behaviour, in particular relating to an individual´s linguistic background. These services are required by police, migration authorities and immigration attorneys for trials in court. We also assist non-governmental organisations.

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Linguistic Origin Identification

Verified provides expert testimony regarding linguistic behaviour, in particular relating to an individual´s linguistic background. These services are required by police, migration authorities and immigration attorneys for trials in court. We also assist non governmental organisations.

Verified employs a dozen of linguists, trained in areas such as creole languages, dialectology, interview technique and forensic phonetics.

Verified has conducted in excess of 24.000 analyses. The use of the same rigorous and well-defined methodology in each case ensures that analysis reports can be assessed and used in a safe and easy way, whether that be during an investigation or in court.

Equally indispensable for a clear and reliable result is the active language competency of a native speaker. To meet this requirement, Verified maintains a network of around 240 native speakers with training in auditory analysis to cover about 100 combinations of linguistic varieties and regions.

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