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Pilot Idea to Tackle Illegal Migrants in UK

December 2013, 23
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Pilot Idea
The UK government have introduced a radical new idea to help curb the issue of illegal migrants in the country. The controversial campaign sparked many a heated debate when people caught a glimpse of the project parading the streets. It is named a poster campaign and comprises of lorries and vans driving through the streets of the United Kingdom’s capital city, London, with huge posters advertising people to text or phone the numbers shown with information on illegal migrants and they've been dubbed the ‘Go Home’ vans. The vans have the caption ‘Go home of face arrest’ with statistics of arrests made on migrants in recent times.

The campaign has cost around £10,00 yet has been entirely unsuccessful receiving just 1,561 calls with information and of those 1,034 were confirmed hoaxes. There have been 11 illegal migrants however who took the vans as their cue to leave the country and they voluntarily left to avoid arrest. Along with the vans were many adverts in the UK’s published media and shop windows which have led to a further 60 voluntary departures from the country. The UK Immigration Minister, Mark Harper has spoken of of the further 60 departures will save the British taxpayer over £830,000 based on the cost of enforced removal to illegal migrants costings £15,000 per person. It’s also been revealed for the first time just how much illegal migrants cost the taxpayer of the UK with each migrant costing around £4,250 in public resources.

Andrew Green who is the chairman of the group, Migration Watch UK has spoken out to defend the idea by acknowledging that this is the very first time the UK government have publicly revealed the astronomical cost of illegal migrants on the taxpayers of the country. The yearly expense of illegal migrants is around 6 times more than what it costs the taxpayer for the entire immigration system. He goes on to say that a firm crackdown on illegal migrants is absolutely needed.

After the hundreds of complaints received regarding the vans and the 17 wasted hours for the Home Office Staff who checked out the hoax information it was decided to scrap the idea and look at new ways to tackle the rising problem of illegal migrants in the UK.

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