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The backlog of immigration cases could "fill Wembley Stadium five times over" and need to be cleared as a matter of urgency, the head of an influential select committee has said.
Labour's Keith Vaz warned the Home Office it would not be able to tackle "deeper problems" in the immigration system until the backlog was cleared.
A database of allegations of illegal immigration received 48,660 complaints in just nine months - approximately 178 per day - a group of influential MPs have revealed.
The stats were published in a report into immigration and UK Borders by the Home Affairs select committee. They found:
- Immigration Enforcement officers carried out 2,695 investigations with visits because of allegations made to them from September to May this year.
- In that time 1,840 arrests were made.
- 660 people were removed from the UK.
Around 6% of public tip-offs about illegal immigration lead to an investigation and only 1.5% results in a person being removed from the country, according to a Home Affairs Select Committee report.
The report also said the now-defunct UK Border Agency (UKBA) had a backlog of 432,029 immigration and asylum cases when it was scrapped at the end of March, which at current levels will take five years to clear.