Germany is working on dialect analysis software for asylum-seekers

Germany is working on dialect analysis software for asylum-seekersGermany plans to test software that can automatically recognise a person's dialect to help determine whether asylum-seekers are really where they claim they're from.

Die Welt newspaper reported the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) planned to start trials of the speech analysis software within two weeks and a full roll out in 2018.

"The idea is to record a separate speech sample from asylum seekers and to carry out an automatic dialect analysis," Julian Detzel, of BAMF's Global Strategy digitisation and IT program management told Die Welt.

The software, which was based on the same voice authentication technology used by banks and insurance companies, would help migration officers review the applicants' sources of origin as one of several "indicators," the paper reported.

Andrea Brinkmann told The Associated Press that officials would still rely on a range of information, including documents presented by the asylum-seeker and an expert opinion, before reaching a final conclusion.

Authorities have expressed concern that some asylum-seekers from Arab countries are claiming to be from Syria in hopes of increasing their chances of staying in Germany.

Last year officials commissioned 1,405 language analyses, up from 431 in 2015.
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