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Home Office will not clear the backlog of 450,000 asylum claims

home office, ukba, home affairs 08 April 2010

The Home Office will not clear a backlog of 450,000 historic asylum claims by next summer as promised, a group of MPs warn today.

The Home Affairs Select Committee said concerns by the new chief inspector of the UK Border Agency, a watchdog, that work was not on track had "confirmed our fears that the historic caseload of asylum applications will not be cleared by the deadline".

The backlog of unconcluded cases was discovered in 2006 and the Home Office pledged to clear it within five years.

In a report on the UKBA today, the Committee also repeats its concerns about the viability of a £1.2 billion Government programme to protect Britain from terrorism, cross-border crime and illegal immigration.

The e-Borders project aims to record the journey of every person travelling to and from the UK.

But the Committee said the Government is yet to resolve data protection problems.




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