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Thread #124011   Message #2765309
Posted By: Arnie
13-Nov-09 - 05:53 AM
Thread Name: BS: UK immigration too high?
Subject: RE: BS: UK immigration too high?
Embarkation checks were abandoned at Channel ports by the Tories in the mid 1990's. When Labour took over, they used this as a precedent to abandon embarkation checks at the airports. Now no-one really knows how many visitors, students, work permit holders etc actually leave the UK when their visa expires - an awful lot simply stay put and enter the world of illegal working, sham marriages & bogus college courses. Of course, if you are unfortunate enough to be picked up by a UKBA Arrest Team, then a timely claim for asylum will get you instant bail and another chance to disappear. Until embarkation checks are re-introduced, the UK only really operates half an immigration control. Last time I visited the US I was checked by immigration on departure and I'll bet they haven't abandoned their outward checks.