TODAY the Public Accounts Committee published its findings after looking at the Points based system for managing immigration. On the whole the Committee found that the Points based system had improved management of immigration, but there is still a long way to go.
Jackie Doyle-Price a member of the committee said, “we have seen a lot of positive change focused at controlling the numbers of people who come into the UK, but is this is only one end of ensuring that migrants are complying with UK laws and regulations.
What became clear during the course of our enquiry is that the Border Agency has not got a grip on making sure that migrant workers whose visas have expired actually do leave the UK.
The Border Agency’s best estimate is that 181,000 such workers are staying on without permission – but these figures are pure guesswork. The Committee has suggested that the Border Agency should try to enforce the employer’s duty to ensure that the people they bring in leave when they are required to do so. It is clear to me that we will only be able to effectively control immigration if we manage entry and exit.”
Launching the report the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts said:
“The Points Based System, introduced to manage economic migration from countries outside the EEA, is better than the visa system it replaced. But there is still a good deal of room for improvement.