Immigration backlog '500,000'

The backlog of immigration cases at Britain's troubled border service has hit a "staggering" half a million people and at the current rate of progress will take nearly four decades to clear, a group of MPs has warned.

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Vaz criticises Home Secretary over immigration backlog

Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz MP has criticised Home Secretary Theresa May following the Committee's latest report into the backlog of immigration cases in Britain.

He said:

The backlog of cases has now hit a staggering half a million people. This could fill Wembley Stadium to capacity six times over.

At the current rate it will take 37 years to clear and the Home Office cannot confirm that this is the last of the backlogs.

Theresa May described the UK Border Agency as 'closed, secretive and defensive', however, despite abolition nothing appears to have changed apart from the name. If people at the top are not replaced this will only be an exercise in rebranding as has happened in previous reincarnations.

There should be no more bonuses paid to any senior management at the Home Office until the backlogs are cleared.

After a raft of damning reports, Home Secretary Theresa May abolished the UKBA and replaced it with UK Visas and Immigration and an Immigration Enforcement command, which were brought back under the control of ministers.

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