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Response to the Independent Chief Inspector's report
05 July 2012
On 5 July the Independent Chief Inspector for borders and immigration, John Vine, published an inspection report into the Hampshire and Isle of Wight local immigration team.
The UK Border Agency welcomes the Chief Inspector's report and in particular his findings about exceeding our targets for removals and praising the professionalism of our enforcement teams. We have accepted the report's recommendations and are planning how to implement them.
The report highlights the migration refusal pool (MRP). The MRP is a tool to help case workers identify and track suspected overstayers whose applications to extend their leave in the UK has been refused and whose departure has not yet been confirmed. The tool also tracks applications awaiting a decision and those with further issues that need to be resolved. The MRP is not a list of overstayers waiting to be removed.
This summer the UKBA launched a UK-wide operation to remove overstayers and we have already seen 1,800 removals since the campaign started.
Moving forward the agency continues to develop a broader enforcement strategy aimed at addressing all those without lawful permission to remain in the UK. This includes overstayers, but also illegal migrants, failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders.