London : A Conservative party MP triggered a row after he suggested dental checks must be used to determine the age of migrants entering the UK from France under a new agreement reached between the two countries over refugee children.
Monmouth MP David Davies said mandatory teeth checks would reassure people that the unaccompanied migrants coming into the UK to join relatives were indeed children.
“If they are jumping on lorries, they are not going to be averse to lying about their ages. We should do the tests,” Davies said.
Downing Street said “a whole range of checks are in place that the Home Office and Border Force are using in cooperation with partners” and the UK Home Office was forced to issue a statement against dental checks. “We do not use dental x-rays to confirm the ages of those seeking asylum in the UK,” said a UK Home Office spokesperson.
“Where credible and clear documentary evidence of age is not available, criteria including physical appearance and demeanour are used as part of the interview process to assess age,” the spokesperson added.