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UK Border Agency to be abolished

The UK Border Agency is to be scrapped by the government due to its poor performance.

Home secretary Theresa May made the announcement in the House of Commons today (March 26) when she said that the agency’s functions would be divided into two main functions: the visa system and the law enforcement of immigration law.

Instead of reporting to the UKBA, these two divisions will instead be responsible directly to ministers.

The move comes a year after the government separated immigration controls at the UK’s airports and ports from the Border Agency, under the guise of the UK Border Force.

May said: “Since we split the Border Force from UKBA last year, 98 per cent of passengers go through passport control within target times and Border Force meets all of its passenger service targets.

“But the performance of what remains of UKBA is still not good enough. The agency struggles with the volume of its casework, which has led to historical backlogs running into the hundreds of thousands.

“The number of illegal immigrants removed does not keep up with the number of people who are here illegally. And while the visa operation is internationally competitive, it could and should get better still.”

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