An Iranian man who claimed he was a child has been “outed as an adult” after he is said to have joined a dating group for those aged 30 to 55. Aria Ibrahimi arrived unaccompanied in the UK in May 2020 and claimed to be 16.
The Home Office did not dispute Mr Ibrahimi’s claims, and he was taken into care by Kent County Council as a minor.
Social workers were suspicious of the Iranian’s age, and in documents to a Home Office hearing, one noted he “had a few grey hairs”, and believed he was aged in his late 20s or early 30s.
It was also noted his “facial features were set and without the soft features of a youth”.
In January 2021, Mr Ibrahimi was moved to Home Office adult accommodation, with the risk of being deported.
He then applied for a judicial review, which was rejected, and a social worker told a hearing that Mr Ibrahimi visited several groups for universities on social media.
He also joined dating lists for those aged 19 to 25 and 30 to 55, and told a person his year of birth was “1997, but here I’m 2003” in one online chat.
Assessors also reported multiple flaws in his story of how he got to the UK.
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Upper Tribunal Judge Susan Kebede refused the review, agreeing that his date of birth was September 20, 1997.
Mr Ibrahimi has been determined to be 25 years old, and is now facing deportation.
Photos of the man show him protesting with a piece of paper with the logo of The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), a Kurdish nationalist group which resists the Iranian regime.
In another picture, he can be seen protesting against execution in Iran near the Iranian embassy in London.
It comes after figures from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed that 656 people crossed the English Channel on Friday.
The MoD confirmed 15 boats were also intercepted on the same day, for the 12th time the daily toll has reached more than 600 people in 2022.
So far in 2022, 32,321 crossings have been recorded, beating the 28,561 crossings recorded in 2021.