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New inspection plan announced for Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration


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The new Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has announced his programme of inspections for 2015-16:

  • An inspection of the effectiveness of the administrative review systemintroduced in 2014 to replace in-country rights of appeal.
  • An inspection of Border Force operations at Manchester Airport.
  • An inspection focussing on how intelligence is assessed, acted upon and disseminated across the Home Office.
  • A thematic inspection of complaints handling across the three border and immigration directorates.
  • An inspection to assess whether Home Office contractors are effectively discharging their duties and offering good value for money.
  • A thematic inspection to assess how effective the Home Office’s attempts have been to reduce illegal migration through the creation of a hostile environment.

There will also be at least six short notice or unannounced inspections during the year, apparently. The focus under the new Chief Inspector, previously a member of the security forces for 25 years, has moved on from issues affecting migrants themselves, it seems, to issues around security and money.

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Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister, blogger, writer and consultant at Garden Court Chambers in London and founder of the Free Movement immigration law website.