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At least 60,000 asylum seekers will be lost without trace as the UK Border Agency struggles to clear its backlog of claims, say MPs.
They will be left in limbo as their claims are consigned to a growing pile of applications unlikely ever to be resolved, the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee says.
The agency, UKBA, has a backlog of up to 450,000 unresolved asylum cases. Some date back more than a decade.
In a critical report, the MPs found the agency was "still failing to meet expectations" with delays and backlogs due "at least in part to inadequate decision-making".