State warned of ‘unlawful’ age checks for refugees which pose ‘substantial risks’ to minors

Irish Refugee Council and Jesuit Refugee Service tell the government they have ‘serious concerns’ over age assessments of asylum seekers as the state grapples with a refugee crisis

Helen McEntee: the Minister for Justice was copied into a letter which warned the state’s age assessment procedures for refugees were ‘unlawful’. Picture:

Leading migrants rights organisations have warned the state its processes for assessing the age of asylum seekers may be “unlawful”, and are posing “substantial risks” to the safety of unaccompanied minors seeking protection here.

The Irish Refugee Council and the Jesuit Refugee Service told Tusla last month that Ireland’s existing practice for checking asylum seekers’ ages “does not comply with EU law, and falls short of international best practice”.

In a letter seen by the Business Post, the organisations said they had “serious concerns” about the assessment methods employed by Tusla, the state’s child and family agency.