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Language analysis

​​During the asylum interview, an asylum seeker mentions the country and the area he is from.

Language analysis
And he also says that he belongs to a certain ethnic group. What can the IND staff member, who is interviewing him, do when he realises that the asylum seeker does not understand the questions he is asking him through the interpreter? Or, if the asylum seeker fails to give a clear description of the area he claims to come from.  In such cases, the IND staff member may decide to have a language analysis carried out.

What is language analysis?

Language analysis is based on the assumption that if a person has spent a substantial part of his life in a certain area, and especially his youth, he may be expected to speak at least one of the
language varieties that are commonly used in that area. The research may give further clarity about the country or area the asylum seeker says he comes from, and in some cases about his ethnicity.

Language analysis is expressly not a nationality or identity investigation. Language analysis says nothing about where a person was born, nor does it, in general, say anything about the area(s) where a person only spent a brief period of time (only the first years of his life, for example). Nor does a language analysis usually show whether a person left his area of origin recently or further in the past.

Who conducts the language analysis?

The IND has employed various linguists, who are competent in conducting language analyses.

Read more about the language analysis in the Appendix language analysis. (Only available in Dutch)

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