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The Mail reports that with illegal immigrant backlog of 500,000 cases, and as just 1 in 10 having been removed, border chiefs are preparing to ‘write off’ around 80,000 lost immigration and asylum cases.

Over 180,000 have already been given the right to stay in the country under the ‘legacy’ scheme – another term for an amnesty?

Just 41,300 have been removed or have left voluntarily.

Nearly half a million files were found abandoned in boxes at the Home Office in 2006 in a major immigration scandal.

Since then officials have been working through the backlog to track them down, but are set to admit defeat and abandon around one in six cases.

Border Agency chief executive Rob Whiteman said it was ‘not in the best interests of the taxpayer’ to continue the search.

The latest move could mean tens of thousands more in effect allowed to stay in Britain.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the MigrationWatch think tank said: ‘The present Government was left with no alternative given the utter chaos that they inherited.

‘But it is essential that nothing like this should ever be allowed to happen again. It’s the end of a very sorry saga that has been destructive to public confidence in the asylum system.’

In 2006, then Home Secretary John Reid admitted a backlog of around 450,000 immigration and asylum cases had been discovered.

It led to him describing the immigration system as ‘not fit for purpose’.

Last year the UK Border Agency declared that it had cleared the backlog which is thought to total some 500,500 files, but it was forced to admit that 100,000 cases had been left in a ‘controlled archive’ – effectively put on ice.

MPs said this archive was a ‘dumping ground for cases where the UK Border Agency has lost track of the applicant’.

A total of 180,900 individuals have been given the right to stay in Britain – many because they have been here so long illegally that they have started families.

As a result they qualify to stay under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act the right to a family life.

Around 170,000 have been written off as errors, deceased applicants or duplicates – where the case has been dealt with before.

Details of the decision to abandon the search emerged in a letter from Mr Whiteman to MPs on the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.

In it he claimed that many of the individuals will have left the UK ‘many years ago’, but there is no proof they have departed.

Officials are searching against Government and other databases for evidence that they are still here, but expect to draw a blank in around 80,000 cases, which will then be closed.

Another 25,000 remain to be processed where the migrant has been found in this country.

Mr Whiteman told MPs the backlog of cases will be cut from 90,000 to 63,000 in October and the following month to 28,000. The remaining cases will be dealt with by the end of the year.

When the scandal emerged, the Daily Mail predicted around 160,000 would be granted the right to stay here in what amounted to an amnesty.

At the time, the prediction was dismissed as ‘scaremongering’. But the figures reveal that even that prediction was too optimistic.

Earlier this week, Immigration Matters revealed that a private services company, Capita has won a government US-style ‘bounty hunting’ contract to help find and remove more than 150,000 migrants who have overstayed their student visas.

There is no accurate system for ‘counting-in and counting-out’ the millions of people who arrive in the UK on Tier 4 student visas, tourist visas or as dependants, which makes it almost impossible to know how many people have overstayed in the first place.

There are between 500,000 to 700,000 people living in the UK illegally, which the think tank ippr estimated would take 20 years at a cost of £5 billion to remove.

At least this government are starting to take a more realistic approach to the problem rather than burying their heads in the sand hoping it will all go away.

Cynthia Barker of Immigration Advisers Bison Management warns overstayers not to use unqualified illegal advisers.

‘If you have overstayed you should seek advice from a qualified immigration adviser who is regulated by the OISC’.

See also:

New Immigration Rules take effect 1 October

Contract to ‘bounty hunt’ 174,000 illegal immigrants awarded to Capita

Bulgarian family of nine target UK and get council house and benefits in 3 weeks, but is this the norm?

Home Office to crack down on sham marriages and fake weddings to obtain a UK passport

Brixton anger over UK Border Agency raids

UKBA announce new computer database to track down 150,000 illegal immigrants

Illegal workers arrested at London 2012 Olympics for immigration offences

Is the EU’s ‘Free Movement’ dream over?

European Commission warning to UK on Free Movement rights and Comprehensive Sickness Insurance remains unanswered

New Government funded courses available for Bulgarian and Romanian EU students

Employment restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians extended until end of 2013

Yellow or Blue Card Refused – Appeal or Reapply?

Romanian Gangmaster Sara Recruitment loses licence for self-employment sham

How Romanians and Bulgarians working illegally without Yellow Card or papers can legalise their status in the UK

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  6. On over-stayers and illegal immigrants,I do not think that the gvt are serious about it. They only make politically correct statements and are not prepared to do anything about it in reality. These over-stayers and illegals,are actually working. Which means its as easy as ABC to pick them up either from work or through the banks. Paperwork has always been there and many officials bury themselves in it and are never found as they are also trying not to be found. I can walk today in five companies and come up with at-least 5 illegals . Now if i work for 5 days that’s 25 and month that’s 100 in a year 1200. From this simplistic calculation,we need 417 officers working per year to clear the estimated 500000. Simples.

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