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UK to tackle immigration woes effectively

india Updated: Jul 27, 2006 00:56 IST

To send a 'clear signal' that United Kingdom will not tolerate abuse of its immigration system, the British government has come out with a plan to deal with immigration related issues effectively.

The plan released on Tuesday 'voices British Home Minister John Reid's vision' to improve the way Immigration and Nationality Directorate tackles immigration in the coming century, a statement from the British High Commission said.

The plan aims "to remove the barriers preventing the deportation of those who should no longer have the right to call UK their home", pool in resources to hone border services and boost the country's economy, Reid said.

The proposals have a number of clauses on the issue of asylum claimants, one of which is the government's plans to facilitate or remove 90 per cent of the new asylum claimants.

There will also be increase in removals and deportation by use of detention, tagging and monitoring of asylum claimants, the paper says. Effectiveness of deportation arrangements would be enhanced by taking away in-country rights of appeal.

The proposal follows Reid's claims that the government had made "progress in increasing the removal of failed asylum seekers and reducing unfounded applications by 72 per cent since their peak in 2002".

Other proposals include setting up of annual exit controls by 2014, arming the borders service with more powers, issuing ID cards and residence permits for foreign nationals, disbarring companies who knowingly employ illegal workers.