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Britain wastes millions on deporting migrants

United Kingdom,Immigration/Law/Rights, Thu, 12 Apr 2012 IANS

London, April 12 (IANS) Britain's border control agency has wasted millions of pounds on chartering half-empty flights to deport illegal migrants, including Pakistanis and Sri Lankans, a media report said Thursday.


Figures obtained by the Telegraph said the UK Border Agency (UKBA) spent 8.67 million pounds (around $14 million) on 37 flights to Afghanistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Ghana, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011.


More than half the seats were left empty after some migrants were given last-minute reprieves.


There were 17 chartered flights to Afghanistan, nine to Nigeria, four to Sri Lanka, three to Pakistan, two to Ghana, and one each to Iraq and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Seven trips were made in three months from November 2011 to February 2012, and a total of 821 seats were booked for illegal immigrants to be deported. But just 385 were actually sent.


A flight heading to Pakistan Feb 6 should have had 194 people on it but 144 were removed.


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