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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.

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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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