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Inspection plan for borders chief
Posted on: 24 Apr 2013  |   Tags: Migrate to UK , UK Immigration , UK Visas ,

Border security, asylum seekers' treatment and overseas visa interviews feature in the first inspection plan announced since the UK Border Agency was scrapped. Migrate to UKJohn Vine, independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, will conduct more than 20 inspections in 2013-14 including six surprise visits in the UK and overseas. The plan comes shortly after Home Secretary Theresa May announced that the UK Border Agency will be split into an immigration and visa service and an immigration law enforcement organisation. Mr Vine said: "The decision by the Home Secretary to split up the UK Border Agency echoes my findings that, while there has been progress in some areas, there is much more that can be done. "My inspection plan for the year ahead has been developed with a view to accelerating the pace of improvement." In addition to the unannounced inspections, Mr Vine will continue five inquiries that are already under way, into e-borders and asylum-seeking children among others, and launch nine new inspections into border issues. He will also conduct two inspections commissioned by the Home Secretary - a follow-up investigation into asylum legacy casework and an inspection of what was the UKBA's performance and compliance unit. The inspector's work was key to exposing some of the failings at the UKBA, including the huge backlogs of immigrants' cases that were yet to be processed. The Home Affairs Select Committee recently warned it would take 24 years to clear the backlog, which is the size of Iceland's population. Among the backlogs, the chief inspector disclosed a migration refusal pool consisting of more than 150,000 individuals who had been refused further leave but remained in the UK. Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/394319/Inspection-plan-for-borders-chief

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