Capita to find 170k illegal immigrants
A PRIVATE company has won a government contract to help find and remove more than 150,000 migrants who have overstayed their visas and gone missing.
The payment-by-results deal with service company Capita is worth up to £40million, chief exec of the UK Border Agency Rob Whiteman told MPs.
The backlog, dubbed the “migration refusal pool”, was revealed in July when new chief inspector of immigration, John Vine, discovered it during his first inspection of a local immigration team.
Since then it has grown to 174,000 people, the home affairs committee was told.
The then immigration minister Damian Green promised that the pool, which dates back to 2008 when officials began counting it, would be cleared quickly.
But Mr Whiteman said it would never be entirely cleared as it was constantly being added to by people denied the right to remain in the UK.
“It could not be zero, otherwise it would mean we are not doing any work,” he told the home affairs committee.