UK: Fewer than 1 in 60 Illegal Immigrant Tip-Offs Lead to Deportation

Daily Express
November 12, 2013

A member of staff is arrested over suspected immigration offences at Leeds Professional College
A member of staff is arrested over suspected immigration offences at Leeds Professional College

The figures have been made public in a report by the Home Affairs Select Committee, which also revealed the now-defunct UK Border Agency (UKBA) left a backlog of 432,029 immigration and asylum cases when it was scrapped at the end of March.

At current levels it will take five years to clear the backlog.

After a raft of damning reports, Home Secretary Theresa May abolished the UKBA and replaced it with UK Visas and Immigration and an Immigration Enforcement command, which were brought back under the control of ministers.

Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP said: “There are still over 430,000 cases languishing in the backlogs, enough to fill Wembley Stadium almost five times over.

“As we have said on numerous occasions, the backlogs must be cleared as a matter of priority. Only then will the Home Office be able to tackle the deeper problems in the immigration system.”

He added: “If the Government wants to get tough on illegal immigrants it needs to take effective action. When people make allegations about those here illegally the Home Office must act.

“Currently only six in 100 reports of illegal immigrants result in an actual investigation and only 1.5 in 100 result in removal. This is a very poor record and does not give confidence to those who go out of their way to help the Home Office.”

The committee’s report revealed that between its introduction on September 30 last year and June 30 this year, the database had received 48,660 allegations – about 178 a day.

In the eight months to May this year, allegations resulted in 2,695 investigations with visits by Immigration Enforcement officers, 1,840 arrests and 660 removals.

Mr Vaz lamented the “chaotic summer for immigration policy”, citing the controversial “go home” vans, allegations that Capita asked British citizens to leave their own country, Twitter being used to publicise raids and the U-turn on visa bonds.

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