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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

UKBA 'Not Aware' Of Migrant Removal Figures

The UKBA is ordered to do more to establish how many of the 150,000 migrants refused permission to stay in the country have left.

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. Read More