An independent inspector announced that immigration authorities did not follow up more than 3,000 leads on missing asylum seekers.
He managed to prove that UKBA had neglected important information given by the police, which could have helped it solving 3,077 of the cases with asylum seekers who had disappeared.
While investigating the failings of UKBA, John Vine, the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders of Immigration, found it had marked a great number of the cases as “unreliable”. There are legal documents, which should serve in favour of this.
Vine stated that the number of similar cases is 42,000 as many of them date back since more than 10 years. He added the current whereabouts of many of these people are unknown.
It was also found, that UKBA did not use the databases of the Police National Computer, which contains really useful information which could be considered while investigating.
As the UKBA was demised in March, the report of the inspector included the period from the beginning of the year until the date of the demission.
Talking on the matter John Vines said: “I believe the Home Office needs to demonstrate to applicants, Parliament and the public that it has taken all reasonable action to identify whether individuals remain in the UK illegally.
What is expected from the Home Office for the near future is to publish a real timescale accounting the detection of asylum and migration cases.
Chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, Keith Vaz, stated that UKBA was not competent enough and with the time many of their mistakes were becoming evident.