Immigration staff shows hostility towards asylum seekers

Inquiry ordered after former UKBA levels allegations

4th March 2010:
Former UK Border Agency worker Louise Perrett has claimed she saw absolutely horrific’ behaviour of immigration workers. They showed ‘general hostility’ when interviewing asylum seekers.

The allegations are now being investigated by an independent body, agency chief executive Lin Homer said.

Perrett, 29, had worked at the Cardiff office for three-and-a-half months last summer. She told the House of Commons home affairs select committee that the younger staff at the UKBA’s Cardiff office were ‘gung-ho and rude’.

Quoting an example, she said one of the staff, after being told that an applicant had come from Congo, sang: ‘Um Bongo, Um Bongo, they kill them in the Congo.’

Perrett added young men or children claiming to be former child soldiers were made them lie on the floor by a worker and were asked demonstrate how they would shoot someone. If they didn’t do it immediately or there was some hesitation, they would be refused.

Labour MP-cum-chairman of the select committee Keith Vaz has called for an inquiry into the allegations.

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