Friday, 30 Oct 2020

Fifty ‘boomerang’ migrants have been granted asylum despite being kicked out before

FIFTY “boomerang” migrants were given the right to stay in Britain last year — despite being kicked out before.

The number was more than double the 19 granted asylum in the previous year.

Many were said to have played the system, with some lodging a fresh claim within weeks of their first rejection, records show.

One Afghan whose application was refused in 2004 after spending six years in the UK returned in 2016. Their second application was accepted.

Last year’s returnees came from Libya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Iraq, Bangladesh, China and ­Pakistan, records from the Home Office reveal.

It is negotiating agreements with countries to remove those who had no right to stay and stop them returning.

Tory MP Peter Bone last night said: “The migrants seem to be gaming the system to eventually get the result they want.

“Ministers should consider new rules which forbid those who have made a failed attempt from coming back.”

The Home Office said many cases stem from an EU ruling.

A spokesman said: “At the end of the year we’ll no longer be bound by this EU regulation.

“We will negotiate our own agreements with international partners to make it easier to remove those with no right to remain in the UK and stop them from returning.”

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