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Friday, November 4, 2011

124,000 Migrants 'Lost' By Border Agency - 4th Nov 2011

Border officials have lost track of 124,000 asylum seekers and migrants - a population the size of Cambridge, according to report by MPs.

UK Border Agency figures show the number of cases "lost" has tripled from 40,500 in March.

The Commons Home Affairs Select Committee's report said the so-called controlled archive was being used as a "dumping ground" for cases the agency has given up on.

It lists around 98,000 cases where asylum seekers cannot be found and the agency has no idea whether or not the applicant are still in the UK, legally or otherwise.

The total includes around 26,000 migrants who have overstayed their visas or who have been refused an extension of leave, such as students.

The committee said: "Whilst we appreciate the difficulties involved in tracing people with whom the agency have lost contact, usually for a period of several years, it is clear that the controlled archive has become a dumping ground for cases on which the agency has given up.

"From 18,000 files in November 2010, the archive now contains 124,000 files, roughly equivalent to the population of Cambridge." Read More