Pashto and Dari translators forced to take DNA tests

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Pashto and Dari translators forced to take DNA tests

Sajid Javid was forced into a grovelling apology yesterday after admitting Pashto and Dari translators and interpreters were wrongly forced to take DNA tests before they could settle in Britain.

The Home Secretary admitted hundreds of interpreters and translators – the ‘eyes and ears’ of British troops during the war – and their families were illegally ordered to hand over samples to
prove they had the right to live in the UK.

Adult children of Gurkha veterans – Nepalese ex-soldiers from the British Army – were also told to provide samples as a condition of getting visas to join their parents here. They were among at least 449 cases where Home Office letters had been sent with the demand. A small number were denied entrance to Britain after failing to provide DNA – even though this was unlawful.

Mr Javid told MPs it was ‘unacceptable’ that some relatives of Gurkhas and Afghan nationals employed by the UK Government had been rejected. You can read more about this story here.

The official languages of Afghanistan are Dari and Pashto

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