THOUSANDS of illegal immigrants are escaping deportation from the UK by claiming asylum AFTER they are caught.
More than 83,000 foreigners have claimed asylum in the last 10 years after being detected by immigration officers.
Almost a quarter – nearly 20,000 – have been granted asylum or granted some other form of permission to stay in the UK.
According to Home Office figures just 23,000 of those caught have been successfully removed from the country.
The fact that they claimed asylum only after being detected has called into question the legitimacy of their claims and there have been calls on the Home Office to investigate.
Published on :http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/