Calais refugee crisis deepens, UK and France promise to fast-track migrant asylum applications

January 29, 2018 | Brainwave Science



Calais asylum seekers are hoping to cross to the UK. The French President Emmanuel Macron’s promise to them to optimize the system for immigrants looking for asylum has not seen any real results so far. More and more young people are showing up in Calais, hoping to cross to a better life.

Many of the refugees have been in Calais for months, with poor living conditions, sleeping wherever they can, eating what they can find. For months, the riot police have been a regular presence here, due to the migrants trying to escape. The joint treaty between the French President and the British prime minister gives asylum seekers hope that they will be able to find a safe place.

The treaty is meant to improve management of the border on both sides of the English Channel, but there is little evidence of how this will be done.




Protecting the borders of a nation is no easy task for law enforcement. In countries such as the UK, that is one important immigrant destination, it’s not easy to distinguish between innocents and threats. And with all the recent terrorist attacks Europe has seen, it’s easily understandable why nations are skeptic to receive refugees.

In today’s world, it is now easier than ever for people to move across borders and tap into informal social networks to find housing and job security. This has brought an increased attention to the security challenges implied.

Security experts agree that the biggest challenge of mass immigration is the ability to screen out malefactors at the point of arrival. The current biometric systems used at the borders, such as retinal scan and fingerprints can only go so far. When documents are missing, or prior biometric information of the person is missing, the current systems can’t provide efficient and clear intelligence. The French President, Mr. Macron, who was speaking to police officers at their HQ in Calais, said: “Everything is done so that illegal passage to the United Kingdom is not possible. Calais must not be a secret gateway to England…. The fundamental challenge is to ensure the security of the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel.”

In this context, law enforcement needs an innovative solution that will improve their actions and help determine which persons are threats and which are not.




iCognative by Brainwave Science is designed to offer a powerful specific screening solution for border agents, immigration officers, and customs officials. Created with performance and practicality in mind, iCognative is meant to detect concealed information of any individual who causes suspicion or has been identified as a highly suspect individual with a past criminal history.

The iCognative technology uses a knowledge-based method of criminal identification, designed to upgrade and enhance conventional screening methods, by analyzing patterns of a specific brain response called P300.

This innovative solution can easily cross-verify an asylum seeker’s account and determine whether the person is concealing incriminating information that he/she denies knowing. In cases like the one currently taking place in Calais, this technology can efficiently screen all those who wish to pass to the UK borders.  Within one hour of testing, tests can reveal whether specific information, which would otherwise be concealed, is either ‘present’ or ‘absent’ in a person’s memory bank.

The use of iCognative provides an efficient and quantifiable tool in the law enforcement’s fight against illegal immigration and can improve the way asylum seekers are screened and allowed to find safety in a new country.



Al Jazeera