Wednesday, 23 July 2014

UK Home Office Says 175,000 Irregular Migrants Untraceable!

The Home Office still does not know if more than 175,000 people who have no right to be in the UK have left or not, the National Audit Office has found.

All have been refused temporary or permanent migration but their whereabouts are not known.

Investigators are clearing cases at the rate of 3,534 a week but new ones are replacing them at a similar rate.

The figures were in a National Audit Office report, which also attacked £350m wasted on a failed IT scheme.

The "migration refusal pool" - people whose temporary or permanent migration application has been refused but whose whereabouts is unknown to the authorities - makes up a major chunk of the Home Office's immigration backlog, which currently stands at 301,000 cases.

Capita audit

The refusal pool was set up in 2008 but its existence only came to light in 2012 when it was discovered by the chief inspector of immigration, John Vine. It stood at 174,000 cases at that point.

The Home Office brought in private contractor Capita to carry out an audit of 150,000 cases to identify any errors in the records, check if people had left the country and try to contact them if they had not.

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