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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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.