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Border Agency Has Lost Track Of Migrants
At least 150,000 migrants have been refused permission to stay in the UK but the authorities do not know how many have left, a watchdog has said.
John Vine, chief inspector of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), said there is no clear strategy to find out what proportion of this growing number remain in the country illegally.
He also said tracking these absconders down and removing them from the country is not seen as a priority for the agency - and that there is no clear plan to ensure the cases do not just become another backlog to deal with.
"There are over 150,000 cases nationally of migrants who have been refused an extension of stay in the UK," he added.
"The agency does not know how many of these individuals have left the country or who are waiting to be removed.
"I also saw no evidence that there is a clear plan in place for the agency to deal with this stream of work to ensure this does not become another backlog.
"I believe it can and must do more to demonstrate it is dealing with this issue in a more proactive manner."
The extent of the problems emerged in an inspection of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight local immigration team at the end of 2011.
Cases involving migrants in the UK, such as students, who had been refused an extension of stay were put in a so-called migration refusal pool and told they must leave within 28 days, the report showed.
Migrants in the pool who were still in the UK included those who should have left but had not done so, those who had applied for leave in another category, who had outstanding appeals or other legal barriers, or who had left the UK voluntarily by a route not captured by e-borders.
Staff underestimated the scale of the problem by about two-thirds, gauging there were between 400 and 600 cases when there were 1,893 in the area on December 12, Mr Vine said.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said: "Under the last government there was no effective strategy in place to ensure migrants left at the end of their time in the UK.
"The UK Border Agency is now working through a group of potential overstayers to identify those who have not left.'
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "The damning conclusion from the Government's own immigration inspector is that the Government is giving a very low priority to finding and removing people who have been refused permission to stay.
"Out of 150,000 people refused leave to remain, the Government seems not to know or care how many are still here."
what do you think?
It should be pointed out to the Shadow Home Secretary thaat this situation did not happen overnight and has existed for a very long time, way before the current administration. So, instead of trying to earn smartie points by party bashing she should admit that the Labour party contributed to this problem on a massive scale and then declare support for any current government plan to solve this problem.
Labour contributed? They caused it!
surprise suprise so theres over 150.000 illegal migrants at large in the country. thats just the figure theyre admitting to so you can probably double that. isnt it time that the powers that be got their act together and chased these people down rounded them up and sent them back to where they belong.to long this country has been an easy touch for any tom or harry.yet still they keep coming enoughs enough/ time to take back control of our country
Theresa May, "the" Home Secretary, has left it to her minions to let this one out again! She has been lying low for quite some time now hasn't she? She is a waste of space and incapable of doing her job.....but of course she's one of Dave's cronies.
..DISGRACEFUL.....NOBODY HAS ANY IDEA !!!!!! AND NO STRATEGY IN PLACE......TOTAL INCOMPETANCE, LETS SEE WHOs HEAD WILL ROLL !!!
Why 28 days? Why not that day? It's like convicting someone of a crime and then saying "ok, make sure you come and serve your sentence whenever you have time". UKBA is the most inept department going from top to bottom.
Makes the War on Terror and the military actions in Afghanistan a bit of a waste of time, lives & money. We are on the streets of Kabul to make the streets of London safer say the politicians. Oh really, half of Kabuls population could be on the streets of London and we don't even know who or where they are. And as for Yvette Cooper I say "You invited them in so you go and find them"
The political Blame Game from all politicians is pathetic. The only important thing is to try and sort the problem out, and find out what mistakes were made so that they don't happen in the future. Wasting time on who was in power at the time things went wrong is pure politics. Basically it's saying " look it was the other side who made these mistakes, so vote for me next time " As I said, Pathetic.
I agree entirely with Lorgar and Dave. If you haven't the right to enter, you should be turned back at the airport, port or railway station. Other countries seem to do this, otherwise why do airlines check that your documents are in order before you board a flight? It is because they know that they will be fined and be responsible for taking you back immediately if your destination country says no. Politicians are out of touch with the feelings and problems of the people they are supposed to represent. As it is, during the Spanish Civil War, someone invented a term 'fifth column' for those already within the city - I think we have more than a column but a massed corps of people who hate us and want to change our way of life within our towns and cities.
That last part of your comment is totally correct! But unless you live amongst it you can't see it or believe it's happening. However, if you speak out about it, you will be branded as a racist