MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The agency’s IT expert Julian Detzel told Die Welt newspaper the program will be put to test in the coming weeks to complement other ways of asylum seekers’ identification, but will not be routinely used before 2018.
The software is based off voice authorization systems used by banks and is tailored to identify dialects. The outlet said the BAMF had trouble identifying numerous Arabic dialects of applicants, 60 percent of whom do not have identity papers.
Ankara and Brussels agreed on a deal in March 2016, under which Turkey pledged to take back all undocumented migrants who arrive in the European Union through its territory in exchange for Syrian refugees accommodated in Turkey, on a one-for-one basis. In return, the bloc pledged to accelerate the Turkish EU accession bid and introduce a visa-free regime, as well as provide financial aid to Turkey to cover the costs of migrant reception.