A new database has been launched by the UK Border Agency in order to track down illegal migrants in the UK. The database will track information from passenger records inside and outside of Britain and Europe, storing the information for future cases. These details of allegations are made by member of the public about suspected illegal immigrants. Indeed it is said that the UKBA received 25,600 communications about suspected illegal immigrants between December 2011 and March 2012. Nevertheless only 900 of these contacts were followed up.
This database will allow the UK Border Agency’s staff to focus on the 276,000 backlog cases not yet dealt with. According to Damian Green, immigration minister, recent figures have shown that around a third of people overstay in the UK after the expiry of their visas.
With the new database, the UK Border Agency’s staff will be able to send these people letters warning of the consequences of illegally overstaying, which are the deportation or being banned from returning to the UK.