The UKBA’s Allegations database went live on Sunday. According to the UKBA, Illegal immigrants could be tracked down and deported more easily under this new UK Border Agency scheme to manage tip-offs.
A new National Allegations Database will handle claims centrally and track them from start to finish to ensure potential over-stayers or foreign criminals do not slip through the net.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “We are determined to take all possible action to identify those who are here illegally and send them home – tip-offs from the public can be vital in that work.
“This new database will help ensure we make the most of every piece of information we’re given.”
The Home Office’s UKBA is to pay a private company, Capita, up to £40million if it manages to contact the 150,000 people whose visas to work or study in Britain have run out.
Border officials also rely on tip-offs from the public to help find illegal immigrants, and figures show that some 20,000 allegations are made every three months.
Although almost all are assessed within 48 hours and half are investigated properly by officials, only about 600 lead to arrests.
Until now, information about allegations has been held on a separate list to detail about who is removed from the country.
But as of this weekend, the National Allegations Database will assign a unique reference number to cases across both systems so that the UKBA can track the outcome of all allegations.
The database will provide a more centralised approach as allegations were previously recorded by hand with information kept in local offices.
Early next year the online form for reporting tip-offs will be redesigned, in order to give informants a better idea of what details they need to provide about suspected illegal immigrants.
The Home Affairs Select Committee has called for people who make genuine allegations to be told about the outcome, to increase confidence in the system.Social tagging: Policy > Procedure