06 APR 2011
FEWER than one in 10 asylum seekers in a backlog of nearly half a million applications were deported.
And up to 75,000 illegal immigrants are at large in Britain because they have been written off as untraceable, MPs heard yesterday.
The figures were revealed by Jonathan Sedgwick, the acting head of the UK Border Agency, when he was quizzed by MPs on the Home Affairs Committee about clearing the backlog of up to 450,000 asylum applications, some dating back to the mid-Nineties.
Mr Sedgwick said just nine per cent of the cases – 36,270 – ended up with applicants being deported.
More than 161,000 were given the right to remain in the UK, many because they were here so long that human rights laws decreed they could not be deported.
Of the remaining files, an estimated 129,000 were “errors or duplicates” and 75,000 are in the “concluded controlled archive” because “there was no trace” of them.
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