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Academics make bad immigration cops? Who knew?

Academics make bad immigration cops? Who knew?

So, the Home Office was doing such a bad job of immigration control that it decided to outsource its responsibilities to employers, then universities, then doctors and now, under the Immigration Act 2014, private citizen landlords. But the same Home Office is surprised and horrified that these institutions are no better at immigration control than its own trained immigration officers! Who could possibly have guessed? If ever an example were needed of ideologically driven privatisation being both morally inappropriate and practically insane, surely this is it.

Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website.

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