In five weeks between September and January, 57 migrants escaped and officials had no idea who they were, the independent inspector general for borders and immigration said. David Neill said biometric data “such as fingerprints and photographs are not always recorded”. Union officials even told inspectors they were “concerned they could not meet the country’s national security requirements” because of lax processes.
Some migrants have even arrived in England with guns and knives, Mr Neill revealed, prompting fresh calls for adequate security checks.
Critics warned today that failing to take biometrics on every person arriving after crossing the English Channel risks national security and encourages people-trafficking gangs.
Mr Neill said in the long-awaited report that information about a migrant’s identity is based on the data they provide themselves.
In some cases, migrants are asked to enter their information into an Immigration Enforcement database.
And they indicate how old they are by pointing at the sign.
“Others highlighted the lack of migrant traceability, both from a national security and vulnerability perspective.”
Mr Neil highlighted how migrants had just moved out of hotels used to house asylum seekers while their claims were processed.
Mr Neal revealed: “The Home Office told our inspectors that 227 migrants escaped from secure hotels between September 2021 and January 2022, and not all were registered with biometrics.
“In just five weeks, 57 migrants escaped, two-thirds of whom did not receive fingerprints and photographs.
“Simply put, if we don’t have a protocol for entering a country, then we don’t know who is being threatened or who is being threatened.”
The Home Office confirmed that 21 migrants all escaped from the same hotel, while another 36 of the 57 migrants assessed by officials escaped from six other hotels.
Migrants who absconded did so on average 16 days after arriving in the UK.
But some escaped within four days of arriving, Mr. Neal said.
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said. “It is surprising that ministers have not ensured that basic fingerprints and biometrics are taken from all arrivals. When people can arrive and disappear without any biometric checks, that puts national security at risk and encourages criminal trafficking gangs.”
The inspection’s findings revealed gaps in security procedures and concerns that vulnerable migrants were at risk.
Security screening equipment was “often first-generation and unreliable,” the report found.
Mr. Neal added: “Stakeholders raised concerns about the adequacy of searches, highlighting cases where migrants were still in possession of weapons after they were searched.
“Inspectors noted that when migrants were returned to the waiting room after being searched, there was limited surveillance to prevent them from meeting unsearched migrants.
“The police removed and placed weapons and ammunition in a sharp bucket in the search area.
“Officers said migrants sometimes had pocket knives, but not often, and that guns were encountered, although rarely.”
According to provisional government figures, more than 15,000 people have reached Britain since the start of this year after taking small boats such as the ferry on busy cruises from France.
It is estimated that by the end of 2022 it could reach up to 60,000 people.
Mr. Neal said: “A new border and enforcement model is urgently needed if our border is to be secured and vulnerabilities are to be effectively addressed.”
He said the “problems arose largely from the department’s ‘reluctance’ to move from an emergency response to what has quickly become a steady state, or business as usual,” adding: “It is a gift from ministers and high-ranking officials. effective response”.
The Home Office has insisted it has already “transformed” how it deals with migrants arriving on the Kent coast since Mr Neill’s inspection, and work on his recommendations for improvement is almost complete.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Internal Affairs said. “Since the inspection, we have changed the way we manage the arrival of migrants who make dangerous and unnecessary crossings in small boats. This includes the previously planned closure of Tug Haven and the operation of two sites at Western Jet Foil and Manston.
“We have accepted all the recommendations of the report, most of which have already been discussed during the inspection, and almost all the work has already been completed.”
Mr Neil will carry out another inspection later this year.
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