Immigration and cost to the UK

TAXPAYERS shell out £1million a week to fund appeals by relatives of immigrants barred from Britain, a report revealed in December 2011. Almost 1,000 cases are lodged every week, eight times the number before Labour scrapped fees for family visitor visas in 2002. Critics are demanding a complete overhaul of the system which costs £50million a year. “It is an outrageously generous system which taxpayers should no longer be expected to fund at a time of severe financial stringency,” said Sir Andrew Green of the population think tank Migrationwatch which uncovered the visa shambles in a report.

A copy of the Home Office’s Joint Tenancy agreement lists what private landlords have to pay asylum seekers. Asylum seekers get new toasters and furniture, fully equipped kitchens and colour TV‘s. They get their TV licence paid plus phone calls home plus they get a winter fuel allowance of £100 a week.

Home Secretary Theresa May has said the UK Border Agency will be split in two following revelations that hundreds of thousands of people were let into the country without appropriate checks. She told MPs the UK Border Force would become a separate law-enforcement body with its own distinctive “ethos”. Mrs May said officials had abandoned rules and gone further than ministers had recommended in relaxing checks.

Official figures show that the number of people coming to live in Britain for more than a year, minus those who moved abroad, stood at 250,000 in the year to June 2011. This represents a rise on the figure of 235,000 for the year to June 2010, just after the Coalition came to power. Fewer people are emigrating while increasing numbers continue to settle here, in particular students from Commonwealth countries in Africa and on the Indian subcontinent. The number of National Insurance numbers given to foreign-born workers rose by 11 per cent, which is likely to fuel fears that immigration is worsening unemployment figures. Meanwhile the number of asylum seekers from troubled countries including Libya and Iran rose by 11 per cent and the number of people being deported fell sharply.

A giant new Government database is being flooded with tip-offs from the public about illegal immigrants at large in the UK. Calls are being received at the rate of one every six minutes – the equivalent of 100,000 allegations every year – raising huge concerns about the true scale of illegal working in the UK. This is despite the fact that the database, the National Allegations Database, has not yet been publicly launched. The majority of the intelligence received so far is considered to be genuine by immigration officers in charge of the system. In only a few months, they have carried out 900 separate raids – and secured 700 arrests.

When Olukayode Olusanya got married, he had no trouble recognising the assembled guests.

Sitting in the pews behind him was his girlfriend and their young daughter – one of four children they had together. Although the wedding appeared real, it was a complete sham designed to allow him to stay in Britain. Olusanya, 34, was tying the knot with a total stranger, Dutch resident Zunica Sabina, 28, and when the ceremony was over she simply drove back to the airport, got on a plane and flew back to Amsterdam. Her identity was then assumed by Olusanya’s long-term partner Esther Ogunrinde, 30. The bogus ceremony allowed illegal immigrant Olusanya, and Ogunrinde – a failed asylum-seeker – to avoid being deported. Nigerian-born Olusanya was able to work as a nursing assistant while his partner, posing as Sabina, worked as a care assistant and cleaner and continued to claim food vouchers intended for asylum seekers. The couple kept their pretence going for three years, using fake documents to fool three employers The identity swap even began before the wedding at St John’s Church in Moston, Manchester.

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