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UK Border Agency faces backlog of 275,000 cases

By Wesley Johnson

The troubled UK Border Agency faces a backlog of cases equivalent to the population of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, MPs have warned.

Missing foreign criminals, failed asylum seekers, illegal immigrants and others refusing to leave the country make up more than 275,000 cases which the agency still needs to deal with, the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee said.

Committee chairman Keith Vaz said the backlog, which will take years to clear, was unacceptable, adding that the agency seems to have “acquired its own Bermuda triangle”.

“It's easy to get in, but near impossible to keep track of anyone, let alone get them out,” the Labour MP said.

“This is the first time the committee has collated all the cases at the UK Border Agency that await resolution.

“This backlog is now equivalent to the entire population of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.”

The latest report on the agency's work between last December and March, also said the committee did not believe the Government's aim of cutting the 260,000 student visas issued each year by a quarter would benefit the UK.

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