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New inspection plan announced for Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration

New inspection plan announced for Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration

The new Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has announced his programme of inspections for 2015-16:

  • An inspection of the effectiveness of the administrative review systemintroduced in 2014 to replace in-country rights of appeal.
  • An inspection of Border Force operations at Manchester Airport.
  • An inspection focussing on how intelligence is assessed, acted upon and disseminated across the Home Office.
  • A thematic inspection of complaints handling across the three border and immigration directorates.
  • An inspection to assess whether Home Office contractors are effectively discharging their duties and offering good value for money.
  • A thematic inspection to assess how effective the Home Office’s attempts have been to reduce illegal migration through the creation of a hostile environment.

There will also be at least six short notice or unannounced inspections during the year, apparently. The focus under the new Chief Inspector, previously a member of the security forces for 25 years, has moved on from issues affecting migrants themselves, it seems, to issues around security and money.

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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