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UK Border Agency against UK Immigration Amnesty

It is perhaps not surprising that the UK Border Agency whose job it is to enforce the UK immigration laws has turned down the idea of an immigration amnesty.

On 17 June 2009 the UKBA responded to the new report published by the London School of Economics. The report suggested that an amnesty for illegal migrants would benefit the United Kingdom economy by £3 billion.

UK Border Agency Response:

'The policy on an amnesty for illegal immigrants remains unchanged and is very clear - there will be no amnesty, those here illegally should go home.

'We have a proud tradition of offering sanctuary to those who truly need our help, but to grant an amnesty would create a significant pull factor to the UK and would undermine the asylum system as a whole.'