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Asylum seekers data ignored

Border officials failed to pursue more than 3,000 leads identified on police databases when attempting to track down missing asylum seekers, an inspector has found.

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Information in 'paper files not used to trace applicants'

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has raised concerns over the handling of legacy asylum and migration cases by the former UK Border Agency.

A report found that:

  • There were some cases where the information contained in paper files was not being used to trace applicants
  • Ministers were not informed that the proposed closure criteria used for legacy cases did not include the risks associated with not examining paper files
  • The Agency had not reviewed Police National Computer (PNC) information, to obtain addresses for 3,077 positive matches, or to take action in relation to maybe matches
  • Work had not yet commenced on archived cases and active reviews that had been reopened as a result or positive data matching results

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