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UK NewsFewer than half of failed asylum seekers removed - study

11:15  11 january  2019
11:15  11 january  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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While just over 28,000 asylum seekers have crossed the border into Canada irregularly since the beginning of last year, fewer than one per cent of those have been removed from the country. Process takes about 2½ years before a final decision is made on an asylum seeker 's status.

An asylum seeker (also rarely called an asylee) is a person who flees his or her home country, enters another country and applies for asylum , i.e. the right to international protection, in this other country.

Fewer than half of failed asylum seekers removed - study © PA Tens of thousands of people have remained in the UK as illegal immigrants, a new study claims

Less than half of failed asylum seekers are removed from the UK and abuse of the system is rife, according to a new study.

Tens of thousands of people remained in the country as illegal immigrants despite their applications having been rejected or withdrawn, according to analysis by a former Home Office chief.

It shows how, of the 80,813 applications that were refused or withdrawn between 2010 and 2016, only 29,659 individuals were removed, leaving 51,154 failed asylum seekers in the country from that seven-year period.

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Removal of failed asylum seekers has collapsed to a record low - adding to concerns that Britain is failing to get a grip on its borders. Two years ago, it was claimed that a staggering half a million failed asylum seekers were in Britain indefinitely because Government cuts meant cash-strapped

Many asylum seekers will have fled their countries without a valid travel document. Others may have destroyed their passport before entering the UK and it The National Audit Office looked at costs of removing failed asylum seekers in 2005 and found that the average cost of supporting someone to

David Wood, an ex-director general of immigration enforcement, warned that Britain's asylum system is "not efficient or very effective".

He said a myth is perpetuated in many countries that "the streets of the UK are paved with gold".

Fewer than half of failed asylum seekers removed - study © Getty Home Secretary Sajid Javid questioned whether some asylum seekers were genuine

"The truth is that while there are thousands of genuine claims for asylum each year, thousands more are abusive applications," it said.

The paper, published by right of centre think-tank Civitas, said:

:: A common "method of deception" is "nationality swapping", whereby an asylum seeker will claim they are from a certain country to boost their chances of success.

:: Another "area of abuse" is where applicants claim to be under 18 when they are older.

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Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri admitted most failed asylum seekers are not deported. "To hear that we are deporting less than half of failed asylum seekers is confirmation of the EU and Frontex's "Theresa May must get on with the process of removing us from this dangerous and failed project."

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Fewer than half of failed asylum seekers removed - study © PA HMC Searcher, one of four cutter ships patrolling UK waters

:: A key difficulty in many removals is the absence of travel documents, which are often lost or destroyed prior to arrival in the UK.

:: Many asylum claims are submitted when individuals are about to depart the UK, such as at the airport or on a plane.

The assessment comes days after Home Secretary Sajid Javid sparked controversy by questioning whether migrants using small boats to cross the Channel are genuine asylum seekers.

Fewer than half of failed asylum seekers removed - study © Getty The English Channel at Dover, which has seen a number of new migrant arrivals recently

It warns that abuse of the system risks undermining "well-placed sympathy" for refugees.

"It is an important principle that people fleeing persecution should be given refuge by countries in a position to offer it," the report said.

"But where asylum processes are being used as a way of facilitating economic migration it is essential to be able to quickly and efficiently distinguish between the two, in order to ensure those entitled to help receive it quickly, and to ensure that UK citizens do not lose faith and support for a system that is rife with abuse." Fewer than half of failed asylum seekers removed - study © Getty Abuse of the asylum system is rife, according to the report

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The sharp drop in the number of failed asylum seekers removed since John Reid became home The asylum statistics were published as new figures showed that more than half a million Polish Overall asylum applications have fallen to their lowest since 1993, and are running at only 2,000 a

More failed asylum seekers should be detained if travel documents can be obtained from their home country, he added, meaning they do not escape. If a nation is refusing to provide paperwork, the failed refugee should simply be put on a flight there to be dealt with by UK consular staff.

Mr Wood made several recommendations to speed up the processing of applications and improve the rate of removal of those who are refused.

He called on the government to step up the efforts to challenge countries that refuse to provide travel documents for their nationals.

Another measure would be to adopt new screening technology to speed up the processing of applications and improve the rate of removal of those who are refused.

Watch: Sajid Javid questions whether asylum seekers are 'genuine' (Sky)

Mr Wood also suggests the removals rate could be improved by detaining more of those who, at the end of an appeals process, are refused asylum and for whom it is known that papers could be secured.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The UK has a proud history of providing protection to those who need it.

"However, we are clear that those with no right to be in the UK should return home.

"As part of the new asylum accommodation contracts we will be working with a charity to make sure failed asylum seekers are given information on the voluntary returns scheme, encouraging individuals refused asylum to return home.

"We will seek to enforce the return of those who do not leave voluntarily. Since the beginning of 2010 there have been over 345,000 enforced or voluntary returns."

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