A Home Office report has revealed that more than 600,000 people are in the UK illegally.
The report said a new database had – as at September last year – collected data on approximately 10 million foreigners “whose last period of leave” had expired in the two previous years.
But it said “the system contained no evidence of departure for 601,222”.
It’s absolutely unacceptable that border staff are allowing people into the UK who and have been unable to gauge that they will not leave when they are supposed to.
It is clear that more needs to be done to keep track of the number of people in the UK.
The Telegraph said: “The government has spent £800 million on a borders system that is intended to log every entry into and departure from the country but inspectors from the immigration watchdog uncovered a catalogue of failings.
Home Office staff admitted that they lacked confidence in the system, with one saying it had been “mis-sold”. An airline official described the introduction of exit checks as shambolic.”
I hope that after Brexit out immigration system will once again be under control. This is what the British people voted for.
The Sun revealed: “A check on Chinese tourists found that of 52,238 required to leave between April 2015 and March 2016, there was no departure record for 8,474 – or 16 per cent. It was only when the British Embassy in Beijing was contacted that officials confirmed the “vast majority” had left.”
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EU gives powerful message to British government over immigration, and it’s not good
The European Union warned the British government and its people that limiting immigration post-Brexit will be ‘unacceptable’.
Guy Verhofstadt said that it will be “not acceptable” for the UK to limit immigration after Brexit during the transition period which is set to last for 2 years.
He said: “It’s not acceptable for us that rules will continue without change for financial services, for goods, for whatever other business and only for the citizens their situation will change,”
It’s frankly unacceptable if the government agrees that we will be unable to limit EU migration even after we leave just to sweeten the transition period agreement the EU gives us.
On the transition period, he added: “I think what is possible by the 29th of March of next year, if everybody agrees with it, the British parliament, European Parliament, will be the withdrawal agreement. Inside that withdrawal agreement also an agreement on the transition.
“The transition for example of two years, at the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021. And the third thing that will be possible is an annex, a political declaration describing, more or less in detail I should say, the future – what the future relationship will be.
“And then we will use the transition period to clarify this political declaration in an international agreement.”