By Trevor Free, Marketing —
There are currently 8.5 million refugees who are in limbo from the Syrian refugee crisis. Globally, countries struggle with taking in these refugees for various reasons. Perhaps the most prominent struggles are the national security risks that countries believe that they take on by providing asylum.
National Security Concerns
What concerns many, from a national security standpoint, is the inability to really know the character of some who are being taken in. Even though many nations use different, rigorous vetting processes when taking in refugees, many citizens—even world leaders—still worry whether they may be taking in those who will pose potential security threats to their country.
While legitimate threats should always be assessed, it is clear that as the situation becomes worse in Syria, nations around the world must respond to the call to help those that are being affected by the social, political, and mortal turmoil that exists in Syria.
Providing Refuge for Refugees
Luckily, there is a way that nations can accept refugees that need asylum, but can also feel confident in those who are being taken in. There are tools that the government can use to gather a better understanding of whether or not an applicant is being truthful about the information that they provide to the government. Immediately, one might think of a polygraph, or some kind of intense interrogation. However, governments have a new tool at their disposal that is more accurate than a polygraph, and more efficient than interrogation—this tool is called EyeDetect.
EyeDetect, is a software based lie detector which analyzes a subject’s truthfulness based on pupil dilation. Developed by Converus, a Utah company, EyeDetect boasts results that are more accurate and efficient than a standard polygraph, and can be administered by the layman. EyeDetect is already used by several police departments in the US for lie detection and screening purposes.
Realistically, governments could use EyeDetect to screen certain refugees in question in the process of gathering accurate information during the vetting process. Ultimately, lie detectors could help members of justice departments to access whether an applicant is being truthful about their past, connections, and character. EyeDetect is the next step in helping to make sure that countries do their part in helping in refugees crises, while also properly accessing threats.