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`Asylum Improvement Project’ launched

Government committed to improve immigration system: Green

3rd August 2010: Lanching the `Asylum Improvement Project’, Immigration Minister Damian Green has made it clear that the Government is committed to improving the immigration system to target the resources more effectively – including in court.

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The assertion came following recent media reports on immigration hearings. Green said:   ‘Public protection and harm reduction will remain the UK Border Agency’s primary consideration when deciding on operational issues.

‘Our appeal process is designed so that many appeals should be and are determined on the documentary evidence without a need for representation.

‘I made clear when I launched the Asylum Improvement Project today, the Government is committed to improving the immigration system so we target our resources more effectively – including in court.

‘As part of this, we must focus our resources on defending the right cases in court. This is why we represent in over 90 per cent of asylum, bail, deportations and high harm cases and why Team Managers carefully scrutinise and identify suitable cases to proceed without representation.’

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