posted on May, 23 2010 @ 03:41 PM
Yes I am from the UK, and I am involved in matters concerning immigration. And I will be clear the issue regarding numbers coming into the UK from
outside the EU is not as big a problem as it is made out to be. Certainly their has been in past years the ability of non EU citizens to come to the
UK to fill jobs in catering and social care. To be frank these are mainly unskilled workers who are engaged in employment that most UK citizens could
The new cap which will be imposed, will come about after the Goverment consults with the business community, the NHS and other public bodies so that
an exact number for the cap can be established, this will be based on the needs of the country, and a ban will be imposed on many unskilled workers,
that have in the past been able to come here and work.
This is a welcome step, but it does not address the fundemental key issue that has plagued and will continue to plague the Immigration system, and
that is the abuse of asylum. It is the case that there has been a massive backlog of asylum cases were asylum has been refused, but due to the
protracted nature of the removals process the chances of removing them from the UK is slim.
When an asylum seeker has reached the end of their case, it is the duty of the Immigratin service to remove them from the UK and this is done by
making an application for a travel document, most asylum seekers come to the UK without any documents to prove nationality and that has to be
determined by language analysis and various interviews. If an applicant does not have a passport or any document to prove their nationality, the
service is required to apply to an Embassy or consulate in the UK to obatin a travel document.
This is a protracted process as most failed asylum seekers who enter the UK do so with no documents and porvide the service with false names and dates
of birth, so when the service makes that application to the embassy of consulate on behalf of a failed asylum seeker there is a requirement to provide
them with the applicants details, which they in turn check againts their national records in their own countries. So if a failed asylum seeker gives
the wrong information on a travel document application and that is sent to the embassy, and they in turn cannot verify that person as being their
national, a travel document will not be issued, and the process starts again, with the applicant having a further interview to try and obtain the
correct details, and this can go on and on and on.
The issue for the Government is not so much those seeking to enter from outside the EU for employment, but the failed asylum seekers who cannot be
removed from the UK, due to these failed asylum seekers providing false of information at a travel document interview, the avarage length of time to
get a travel document secured (provided the applicant provides genuine details) can take from 6 to 12 months, during which time the failed asylum
seeker is free to roam the streets and in some cases get state financial assistance and support. There needs to be a whole re think on the removals
process and a way of dealing with those failed asylum seekers who simply refuse to comply with the travel document interview, knowing full well that
nothing will happen to them.
since 2007 the UK Governemnt has been trying to resolve the "legacy cases" of failed asylum seekers, some 450,000 cases are included, most if these
if not all have been refused asylum, but cannot be removed because of teh travel document problems. Sadly the vast majority of these case will end up
having their decisions reversed and will be grated Indefinate Leave to Remain, leave outside the immigration rules. So the situation is that if your a
failed asylum seeker all you have to do is lie about your name and DoB and you can be assured that your removal from the UK is impossible.
This is the issue Mr Cameron needs to sort out, as its now a critical problem that wont go away.