Illegal migrant backlog attacked

Only 1.5% of reports of illegal immigrants result in a person being removed from the UK, according to a report by MPs. Officials face a backlog of 432,029 immigration and asylum cases, which at current levels will take five years to clear.

Backlog could 'fill Wembley Stadium five times over'

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.

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.

– Home Affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz

Report: UK Borders received 178 complaints every day

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.

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Only '6% of immigration tip-offs investigated'

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.

Fewer than one in 50 reports of illegal immigration result in a person being removed from the UK, a group of influential MPs reports
Fewer than one in 50 reports of illegal immigration result in a person being removed from the UK, a group of influential MPs reports Credit: PA

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.

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