The Work of the UK Border Agency (April-June 2012)

The Work of the UK Border Agency (April-June 2012)

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The Agency's backlog is growing at an alarming rate-it has increased by over 25, 000 cases since the first quarter of this year. The backlog consists of: the Migration Refusal Pool which contains records of individuals without leave to remain in the UK, who cannot be traced and has grown by 24, 000 records since the first quarter of this year-it now totals 174, 000; ex-Foreign National Offenders with 3, 954 ex-FNOs living in the community whilst deportation action against them proceeds; the so-called 'controlled' archive with cases the Agency has no control over, it does not even know where the applicants are -there were 95, 000 cases in archive' at the end of June this year and senior management promised to clear it by 31st December which would mean writing off 81, 000 files; Asylum and migration live cohorts where the UKBA has managed to trace an applicant thought to have been lost and is working to close their case- with 29, 000 cases in the live cohorts at the end of June this year. The UKBA must adopt a transparent and robust approach to tackling the backlogs instead of creating new ways of camouflaging them. Until the entire backlog is cleared the Committee does not believe that senior staff should receive any bonuses. The Committee also doubts that the Agency is adequately equipped to deal with the increase in asylum applications. Cases waiting for an initial decision after 6 months have risen by 36% since June 2011. The Committee is further concerned about the quality of decision making. Poor decision making may result in people being returned home when they face persecution and tortureEighth Report of Session 2012-13, Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence Great Britain: Parliament: House ... of Certificates of Sponsorship or Certificates of Acceptance for Study they could assign reduced without conducting a manual check of ... Allowed Dismissed Withdrawn Q4 2011 225 90 (39%) I20 (53%) 20 (8%) Q1 2012 195 65 (34%) 125 (63%) 5 (3%) 2a€œ Note figures inanbsp;...

Title:The Work of the UK Border Agency (April-June 2012)
Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Home Affairs Committee
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2012-11-09

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