HO Sends Out Over 100 Deportation Letters In Error And PM Under Pressure Regarding Immigration Numbers

Deportation Files and Immigration Law Gavel

The Home Office has sent out more than 100 letters mistakenly informing people they were going to be deported.

A letter was issued "in error", stating that a decision had been taken to remove them from the UK under immigration law.

It informed recipients that they are "liable to be detained" for failing to provide evidence that they are exercising Treaty rights in the UK.

A Home Office spokesperson has since said they are "urgently" examining why the letters were wrongly sent out.

Most appear to have been sent to EU nationals.

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Ed Davey was quoted in The Independent staying: “These letters shame Britain. EU nationals who have made their lives here are already facing huge uncertainty over Brexit

“It is appalling that some are now being officially threatened with deportation. This catastrophic error is a sign of the chaos and incompetence at the heart of this Conservative government.

“Amber Rudd should personally write to apologise to each of those affected and ensure they are fully reimbursed for any legal costs incurred.”

Fewer migrants in the UK than previously thought?

According to The Telegraph, the Home Office has ordered and official review into immigration figures after new exit checks at the border reveal there may be far fewer immigrants in the UK than has been previously proclaimed.

The Government will reveal today that new border checks introduced last year found 97% of international students - one of the biggest groups of immigrants - left after finishing their studies.

It had previously been thought that tens of thousands of international students remain in the country illegally and the disclosure that the majority are leaving casts serious doubt on the reliability of the official immigration statistics.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has relied on these figures to drive through many of her immigration policies, including the controversial Minimum Income Rule for UK Spouse Visas and the £1,000 immigration Skills Charge levied on UK Sponsor Licence Holders.

Cabinet ministers including Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox and Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, have called for students to be taken out of the migration statistics.  So far, Theresa May has refused to take this step.

We will provide details of the report when it released later today.

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