Borders chief faces MPs' questions

Blackpool Citizen: John Vine is appearing in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee John Vine is appearing in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee

Britain's borders and immigration watchdog is set to face questions from MPs over European citizenship becoming an increasingly important way for non-EU citizens to get into the country.

Chief inspector of borders John Vine will appear in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee days after his inspection of how the Home Office handles European free movement applications found that more than a third of European nationals (36%) applying to stay in the UK were born outside the region and had gained European identity before arriving in Britain.

Mr Vine also found they were often sponsoring non-European partners of their own original nationality or a similar cultural background.

Mr Vine is also likely to face questions on sham marriages after figures yesterday showed that registrars reported more than 2,000 suspicious unions last year.

Committee chairman Keith Vaz described the figure - more than double the number of reports in 2010 (934) - as "worrying".

The report released last week by Mr Vine found there was not appropriate scrutiny of suspected sham marriages.

It also found that the Home Office targeted sham marriage and trafficking by organised crime gangs, but rarely prosecuted individuals, and that caseworkers often ran out of time to interview applicants and their sponsors because applications were still being worked on as a six-month deadline approached.

Comments (4)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

7:00am Tue 24 Jun 14

hogheaven says...

Well its no surprise, the government seem to be incapable of managing our borders, sham marriages happen daily and very little is done to tighten up this loophole. Now if we all had ID cards much of this could be stopped, but that would be too easy.
Well its no surprise, the government seem to be incapable of managing our borders, sham marriages happen daily and very little is done to tighten up this loophole. Now if we all had ID cards much of this could be stopped, but that would be too easy. hogheaven
  • Score: 1

9:07am Tue 24 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

hogheaven wrote:
Well its no surprise, the government seem to be incapable of managing our borders, sham marriages happen daily and very little is done to tighten up this loophole. Now if we all had ID cards much of this could be stopped, but that would be too easy.
We don't need to carry cards.

All it would take is a dna sample, fingerprint & iris scan of every UK or EU resident - these could be checked against a live database at any time.
[quote][p][bold]hogheaven[/bold] wrote: Well its no surprise, the government seem to be incapable of managing our borders, sham marriages happen daily and very little is done to tighten up this loophole. Now if we all had ID cards much of this could be stopped, but that would be too easy.[/p][/quote]We don't need to carry cards. All it would take is a dna sample, fingerprint & iris scan of every UK or EU resident - these could be checked against a live database at any time. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 2

9:13am Tue 24 Jun 14

cosmick says...

You need a goverment that will stop this and LIBLABCON wont, so just keep working pay your taxes so these people can get benefits, houseing, take your place on the doctors list and there kids who do not speak ENGLISH take up places in the schools and the money with the employment of interpreters and your kids get less teacher time.
There is a shortage of housing more comming to this country wont help.
Shut the borders.
You need a goverment that will stop this and LIBLABCON wont, so just keep working pay your taxes so these people can get benefits, houseing, take your place on the doctors list and there kids who do not speak ENGLISH take up places in the schools and the money with the employment of interpreters and your kids get less teacher time. There is a shortage of housing more comming to this country wont help. Shut the borders. cosmick
  • Score: 4

11:17am Tue 24 Jun 14

welshmen says...

Bring our Forces home, boarder lock down, everyone who has entered our Country checked and validated, if not, flown out back to their Country they came from,or if no passport back to France on the back of a lorry, our Government need to man up, most people who come here hate us, they hate us because we have to support their big families they can't, they also bring their Religion of Hate, that is not an option for our Countries future peace, enemy within is rife, our Country our Laws not theirs....
Bring our Forces home, boarder lock down, everyone who has entered our Country checked and validated, if not, flown out back to their Country they came from,or if no passport back to France on the back of a lorry, our Government need to man up, most people who come here hate us, they hate us because we have to support their big families they can't, they also bring their Religion of Hate, that is not an option for our Countries future peace, enemy within is rife, our Country our Laws not theirs.... welshmen
  • Score: 1
Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree