The latest from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt:
The report found that the Home Office had maintained the quality of its initial response despite the significant increase in ‘lorry drops’. The report also found that:
- there was a risk that minors placed in the care of social services would run away
- the Home Office was not as strong when identifying potential victims of trafficking
- the number of initial decisions on asylum claims fell well short of the increased number of claims made.
The Home Office also published its responses accepting the majority of recommendations, as usual.
Sounds like an asylum backlog may be building. Given that the Home Office will need to register an estimated 3 million EEA nationals in the next two years or so, it might be expected that other functions at the Home Office might well be neglected in future.