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.

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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

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