Brown Government pays asylum seeker 4000 pounds to quit UK and go to IndiaDecember 17th, 2007 - 2:16 pm ICT by admin
London, Dec.17 (ANI): Failed asylum seekers have been paid 36-million pounds in bribes to leave Britain.
According to a report in The Sun, an undercover reporter, posing as an asylum seeker, was promised a package worth 4,000 pounds to return to India.
He admitted he dealt drugs and worked illegally here, but he was offered an air ticket, 1,000-pound business start-up grant and other inducements.
His plan was to set up a travel agency to help others come to Britain.
According to the tabloid, over 23,000 asylum seekers were paid up to 4,000 pounds, with costs, to set up firms in their homeland.
But many are feared to be milking the repatriation scheme. About 300 have been caught trying to return to Britain after the launching of their firms, while other foreigners here are illegally applying for asylum simply to cash in.
The Tories have blamed the problem on Labours failure to secure Britains borders.
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: Given their inability to deport illegal immigrants, they have had to resort to bribing them to leave taxpayers picking up the bill.
The Government pays two-thirds of the bill and the EU pays the rest. The scheme is open to all failed asylum seekers, refugees with leave to remain and those with claims pending.
The Home Office, however, insists that the Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme set up in 1999 is cost effective.
Ministers will this week announce tougher UK entry rules for non-EU visitors. Families who sponsor visas for overseas relatives may have to put up a 1,000-pound cash bond, which would be forfeited if the visitor overstays. (ANI)
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