(London Guardian) The Home Office has lost touch with more than 10,000 asylum seekers in Britain and efforts to trace them are considered "a drain on resources", the official immigration watchdog has revealed.
A report on immigration removals by David Bolt, chief inspector of borders and immigration, also discloses that the rising number of people required to report to the immigration authorities – 47,000 as of December 2014 – is increasingly stretching enforcement resources.
A second report by the chief inspector, looking at measures to tackle illegal working, cites "unfair and unreasonable treatment" of individuals during one large-scale immigration raid on a commercial laundry in north London. Some of the laundry's workers, mainly women, were left standing for five hours while others were questioned. They had access to a toilet but were left without food. During the operation one Polish-born British woman was questioned for a total of more than two and a quarter hours before being cleared.
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