Repatriation grants to illegal migrants under scanner

Labour had granted them aid to go back home
2nd August 2010: Labour’s programmes of spending money on the rehabilitation of the migrants and repatriation grants in their native countries have come under the new government’s scanner.

Labour had provided illegal immigrants with aid so they could go back home. It is alleged Labour spent almost £80million on schemes designed to encourage failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to go home.

As per the records, the ministers decided it was cheaper and easier to encourage them to go home, than border guards tracking the illegal immigrants down and forcibly putting them on a plane.

The payments were, however, condemned as ‘bribes’ by critics, even though these were designed to radically increase the number of people being removed from the UK.

Immigration minister Damian Green has ordered an urgent internal investigation into the alleged wasteful expenditure. The probe was ordered after the Home Office papers depicted how the previous government was allegedly wasteful with public money; and £13 million had gone missing – with officials having no idea how it was spent.

The accounts allegedly revealed that Labour paid £1.2million in bribes to people who never even stepped in Britain. Repatriation grants to migrants from wealthy countries including the US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand were given.

The home office further stated that thousands were spent on teaching foreign preachers about life in ‘multi-cultural’ Britain; and Afghans were sent on year-long holidays to see if they would like to go home permanently.

The Home Office also spent hundreds of thousands on grants to foreign countries so they could improve their border controls, or dissuade their citizens from travelling here.

Matthew Elliott, chief executive of the Tax Payers’ Alliance asserted that these wild, poorly thought-out plans should never have received a currency of taxpayers’ money.

He added that it was good that the new government had uncovered this waste and was trying to track down where the missing money had gone. At the same time he hoped that efforts should be stepped up to deport illegal immigrants more speedily. Confidence in the immigration system needed to be restored, and taxpayers’ money should not be squandered.

Green said that they have launched an investigation into the money provided by the UK Border Agency to the IOM over the past five years. The Agency’s finances were closely monitored, however they must ensure that taxpayers’ money was spent wisely and every penny was accounted for.


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