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UK committed to fair immigration

world Updated: Oct 04, 2008 00:00 IST
Britain committed to fair immigration

The British government on Friday said it will not tolerate any violation of non-discriminatory border control principles after campaigners complained of “humiliation, harassment and abuse” of legal migrants by airport immigration officers.

“High standards of professionalism are expected from our staff and great emphasis is placed on both behaviour and courtesy. Immigration officers are trained to politely but robustly challenge people who arrive at our ports,” a spokesman for the UK Border Agency said. “We are absolutely committed to ensuring that duties are undertaken without regard to race, colour or religion of individuals seeking to enter Britain.”

The comment came after a group that campaigns for skilled migrants said immigration officers in busy British airports were harassing legal Indian and other migrants.