Capita to find 170k il­le­gal im­mi­grants

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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.

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