Study visit on biometrics to Great Britain for migration agencies in Russia, Moldova and Ukraine

On April 17 – 21, 2012 the International Organization for Migration jointly with the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) has organized a study visit to Great Britain on biometrics and readmission for representatives of the migration agencies of the Russian Federation, Moldova and Ukraine.

The main aim of the visit was to exchange experience and to establish a business connection with state authorities of Great Britain working in the field of migration, return, readmission and biometrics. Thus, in particular meetings with the UKBA representatives and with the officers from other units of the UKBA such as National Document Fraud Unit, Asylum screening Unit and etc. were held.

National Document Fraud Unit Officer conducted a tour through office departments and presented equipment, which is used to detect and check false documents. An updated database contains the last samples of documents from all over the world. Chemical laboratory enables development of modern elements of documents’ protection.

During the meeting Asylum Screening Unit Officer told the participants about a procedure of asylum application, about a procedure of communication with applicants and also demonstrated the interviewing area. Members of the delegation witnessed a full procedure of applying for asylum, which included enrolling biometric data (fingerprints and digital photo), checking information provided through multiple databases and issuing a temporary document, which states that a person is in the procedure.

On the last day of the trip participants had an opportunity to get acquainted with the practical work on border control area of Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. In addition the participants saw how the latest biometric equipment was operating and saw work of databases on concrete examples.