What a mess. (And no prizes for guessing where many of those “missing” asylum seekers have gone?)
theguardian.com/uk-news/2014 … rt-reveals
BRITAIN’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM IN CHAOS, MPS’ REPORT REVEALS
*…the Home Office is struggling to contain major problems across the entire immigration system…the committee found that officials were struggling with fresh asylum claims, which is creating a new backlog of cases.
The report also addresses the “migration refusal pool” – where people are recorded as having no permission to be in the UK, but officials do not know if they have left or have stayed without authorisation, which has just over 175,000 people awaiting removal from the UK, it says. But Capita, the private company contracted by the Home Office, found that 50,000 people who had not been given permission to stay could not be contacted, the MPs found.
The centre-right mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, added to Cameron’s woes when she told the home affairs select committee that the British government had done nothing to tell potential migrants that there was no “El Dorado” for them in the UK. She said that there were 2,500 migrants in the French port who were “willing to die” to come to Britain.*
The Tories are being accused by Ukip of failing to curb immigration and face the possibility of losing the Rochester and Strood byelection in Kent next month to the insurgent Eurosceptic party as the issue dominates political debate.