Is it wise to dismiss the native speaker? A matter of due process
It is time to dispel the bias and recognise the indispensable expertise of the native speaker in language analysis cases in asylum courts – new article
Language analysis still under strain
Jim Hoskin, Dr. Tina Cambier-Langeveld and Prof. Paul Foulkes have endeavoured to provide an objective outline of language analysis in a recently published article, entitled Improving objectivity, balance and forensic fitness in LAAP: a response to Matras, as a result of Prof. Yaron Matras’s Duly verified? Language analysis in UK asylum applications of Syrian refugees.
Know your odds
The Pitfall behind Probability-Based Automatic Dialect Discrimination
The human mind is amazing, but subject to bias. Assessing probabilities is an area where it is particularly justified to carry out one’s arithmetic rather than trusting a hunch. Such as in the case of automatic dialect discrimination, which is used here to illustrate a frequently visited pitfall.
A decision to grant an
Study visit in Austria on Immigration and Asylum
The Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) invited the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM) for a study visit in relation to the Europe Aid project won by Hulla & Co Human Dynamics KG. The three day visit at the beginning of October included a tour of the Joint Operational Office (JOO) in Vienna, Austria, a platform for international investigations into migrant s
VERIFIED to renew contract with Norwegian authorities
With vast numbers of asylum applicants lacking documentation to support their claim, language analysis is a key instrument in the asylum process.
The Norwegian authorities have made language analysis subject to public procurement, requiring, among other things, that native speakers be used and argumentation referring to dialectal features be attested in literature. The decision came as a resul
Asylum data demands stricter security
The threat landscape is evolving and authorities respond by sharpening security requirements. In April of 2019 VERIFIED welcomed a Finnish delegation for a security audit inspection. Following the first steps in the development of the contract between MIGRI and VERIFIED for language analysis, the security audit inspection was conducted in compliance with KATAKRI 2015, a tool containing a set of m
Turkey decides winner in call for training in language analysis
The results are in for Turkey’s call for Technical Assistance for Capacity Building for Effective Nationality Determination and Hulla & Co Human Dynamics is going to take care of the capacity building for the project. Verified AB (Sweden), along with Wyg International Danışmanlık Ltd. Şti. (Turkey) and Matbuu Baskı ve İnternet Hiz. Ltd. Şti. (Turkey) have partnered with Hulla & Co Human Dy
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 langua
MIGRIs new provider for Linguistic Origin Identification
On 2018 September 27th, , Verified received notification that its tender to carry out language analysis for the Finnish Immigration Service (Maahanmuuttovirasto) has been approved.
EASO convene meeting of asylum experts in Brussels
EASO wishes to promote the exchange of information between EASO and the civil society. To facilitate pooling of knowledge, EASO has set up a Consultative Forum. Asylum is a multi-faceted phenomenon. An important ambition is to gather different areas of expertise and experience. A Plenary Meeting is held annually. November 17, the Plenary Meeting will take place in Brussels.
Verified Wins Irish Tender
On 12 September Verified received notification that its tender to carry out language analysis for the Republic of Ireland’s Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner (ORAC) had been approved over that of the incumbent provider, Sprakab.
When Going Cheap becomes Expensive - Quality in Language Analysis under Fire
Yet again the delicate balance between quality and price in public procurement has come under fire—and yet again the target is language analysis.
Verified new provider
Following 15 months of innumerable attacks in media and an official investigation regarding use of language testing in the asylum procedure, the Swedish Migration Agency chose to terminate the contract with the provider of language tests before the full term.
The Kim-case: Almost all went wrong
The Swedish Migration Agency wanted the 15-year old boy Kim to be extradited to China. Media did not take any notice, or at least did not publish the correction done by TT claiming that SPRAKAB did only insinuate that the boy Kim was from China and did not write that in their reports.
Quality initiative at Swedish Migration Agency prompts overhaul of language tests
December 2, 2014, Swedish Migration Agency Director-General Anders Danielsson declares 2015 “Year of Quality”. Proving determination to match the motto, December 19, 2014, Sten Heckscher, former president of the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court as well as head of the National Police Board, is given the task of evaluating authority use of linguistic evidence in the asylum procedure.
The Migration Agency’s use of language analysis to be investigated
The Swedish Migration Agency has launched an investigation to evaluate the use of language analysis in asylum procedures.
Insufficient language analysis – debate in the Parliament
There will be questions and answers in the Swedish Parliament on insufficient language analysis.
EA20, reviewing and language tests
Language tests as a tool in asylum investigations were questioned in Swedish Television show “Uppdrag Granskning” broadcasted 4th March 2015. Cases at the Swedish Migration Agency, including cases where the questioned analyst ea20 had been involved, were scrutinized.
Dialect identification on German radio
Verified participates in a German radio program on dialect identification.
Language analysis: Possibilities and challenges in BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 4’s weekly language series, takes a look at a different aspect of words, vocabulary and current issues in language every week. An edition on dialect identification in an asylum context will be broadcasted Tuesday, January 20 at GMT 4 p.m. Verified participates by giving the company’s working methods in linguistic origin identification.