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Labour’s “open door” immigration policy knowingly risked allowing dangerous people to settle in Britain unchecked, according to documents seen by The Sunday Times.

The Whitehall correspondence, which was illegally withheld by the Home Office for four years, shows how ministers were told by the country’s most senior immigration official that his staff were to be “encouraged to take risks” when granting visas, work permits and extended residency to hundreds of thousands of new migrants.

The cover-up of this policy of risk-taking was so concerted that Richard Thomas, the then information commissioner, sent a team of investigators into the Home Office to trawl all the relevant papers.


Bulgarian food uk online Earlier this year he rebuked the department for breaking the law and ordered it to release the material under the freedom of information (FoI) law.

The documents help to explain the huge rise in the flow of migrants into Britain as the Home Office rushed to clear a backlog of 45,000 cases.

Officials agreed to fast-track 337,000 applications with minimal checks. Bulgarian food uk This led to a rapid rise in immigration. Bulgarian food store online In 1999, 170,000 visas were granted; by 2002, this had risen to 300,000.

As officials were being ordered to take risks, several potentially dangerous people entered the UK. Bulgarian food store barking In late 2001, more than 20 Taliban, who had fled from Afghanistan after their defeat by American and British forces, were allowed to stay in the UK.

The documents cast new light on the row over past immigration policy, highlighted by the recent rise of the British National party.

Last week Alan Johnson became the first Labour home secretary to admit the government had made mistakes in its handling of immigration. Bulgarian food store He said ministers had ignored problems about failed asylum seekers and foreign national prisoners. Bulgarian food shop london They had also failed to grasp public unease about the growing pressure on jobs and public services.

Johnson’s remarks signalled the government’s belated recognition that its immigration policy has alienated its white working-class vote, tempting a significant minority to back the BNP. Bulgarian food shop karlovo The documents indicate that, far from being a mistake, there was a deliberate policy — apparently endorsed at the highest level in the Home Office — to promote concerted risk-taking by immigration staff whose job was to decide whether non-European Union migrants applying to work, study or marry in Britain were genuine.

A key figure in the scandal was Sir Bill Jeffrey, who was the director-general of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Britain’s most senior immigration official. Bulgarian food shop in london He is now at the centre of controversy as the senior civil servant in charge of the Ministry of Defence.

The other key figure was Beverley Hughes, then minister of state for citizenship and immigration. Bulgarian food shop She was later forced to resign after it emerged she had misled MPs about whether she had been warned that Romanian and Bulgarian crime gangs might want to exploit the UK’s decision to open its borders to those seeking work from eastern Europe.

In March 2003, shortly after the 2001 entry permits to the Taliban had come to light — to an outcry in the press — Jeffrey spelled out the policy in a note to Hughes.

“Beverley Hughes has seen and noted your submission of 7 March . . . Bulgarian food seattle Beverley feels the basic point is that while staff have to take some risks, this was a decision that flew in the face of common sense.”

The e-mail was copied to David Blunkett, then home secretary, and Sir John Gieve, his most senior mandarin. Bulgarian food san francisco The words “to be withheld” were later scribbled across the top, an apparent instruction not to comply with an FoI request for its release

The same words appear on a note, prepared by Jeffrey, sent to Hughes a few day later. Bulgarian food safety agency In it, in response to Hughes’s insistent complaints about the need to clear the 45,000 backlog, he outlined the new “risk-taking” policy. Bulgarian food recipes This involved fast-tracking all 337,000 applications, with little or no regard as to whether they were merited.

The policy, codenamed Brace, meant that officials had to make quick decisions based on the paperwork in an applicant’s file, regardless of whether it was complete. Bulgarian food prices No further follow-up checks were to be made.

Jeffrey said staff were given guidance that “Brace is about pragmatic (ie not pursing every angle that could conceivably justify refusal) grants rather than pragmatic refusals”.

In other words, the official policy was in principle to grant applications rather than to refuse them.

This telling exchange — and equally significant evidence of a concerted cover-up — is buried deep in a batch of documents that ministers tried desperately to prevent being made public.

I was told a few years ago, that it is because our population is out of balance. Bulgarian food pictures For various reasons there aren’t enough young people to look after the older generations, either physically or financially.

I don’t agree with the way this has been tackled, but I don’t know what the answers are either.

The UK was indeed in risk of demographic collapse and Japan, which has handled immigration differently, is suffering quite badly from it. Bulgarian food online usa However there were indications that the birth rate was rising, not falling, and that has subsequently proven true. Bulgarian food online store usa Because they have allowed so many migrants to settle in the UK we’re now on track for a 70m population in 2030. Bulgarian food online store Given that official figures for years counted the head of the household only, we are most likely to exceed that figure by 2020 in reality.

I believe that migration has been very badly handled. Bulgarian food online I’m actually broadly in favour of allowing a sizeable figure to settle as I ran the numbers a few years ago and even with the increase in birth rate we have a gap to fill due to British migration to Spain and Australia and a high rate of suicide and infertility. Bulgarian food nyc However the number of people that it would be prudent to allow to settle is lower than what they have allowed and they failed to account for many variables.

I don’t think it was emigration that was the main issue, more like the mixed blessing of good health care that has increased the numbers of people living longer, so even more call on health and social care, and partially because of the way the benefits system has messed up leading to less and less people contributing constructively to the wealth and physical needs of the country.

If there had perhaps been a more concerted effort to get more of the ‘underclass’ back into employment, there would be less of a need for our east european cousins to bale us out.

Perhaps they also need to examine why so many people are emigrating to places like Spain and Australia. Bulgarian food new york Being sick of treated second best in their own country perhaps?…

Mass uncontrolled immigration is a major factor in undermining the quality of life in Britain. Bulgarian food near me From what I see written online by expats it is cited as a huge influence in their decisions to leave Britain.

Perhaps they also need to examine why so many people are emigrating to places like Spain and Australia. Bulgarian food market bristol Being sick of treated second best in their own country perhaps?…

As Poppy says, emigration is not the primary issue but it is an important secondary demographic trend.

This trend has been in effect for a long while, as evidenced by the ex-pats on this board. Bulgarian food market Many were leaving a long time before the rise of the nanny state and before political correctness was anything more than a phrase.

However it has been accelerating until quite recently. Bulgarian food los angeles Figures aren’t out yet but all indications are that the recession will have stemmed this trend rather abruptly.

I don’t think it was emigration that was the main issue, more like the mixed blessing of good health care that has increased the numbers of people living longer, so even more call on health and social care, and partially because of the way the benefits system has messed up leading to less and less people contributing constructively to the wealth and physical needs of the country.

The benefits trap, lack of aspiration in many young people and over-taxation combined with the UK moving towards service industry and subsequent low wages (national minimum wage) has created a situation in which many people are better off on JobSeekers Allowance or Income Support than they ever could be by working.

This in turn has left a gap which has been filled, mainly, by Eastern European migrants.

there would be less of a need for our east european cousins to bale us out.

I respect their work ethic, and I feel that in the long run it will have been good for us but an entire generation of Eastern European men and women have been subjected to an abusive system. Bulgarian food london This Labour government was not honest, they knew that many would come and they denied it in public and they failed to enforce employment law

Many work very long hours (11 hour shifts) and are often denied the statutory 11-hour break between shifts of more than 8 hours. Bulgarian food las vegas Often they are paid national minimum wage but money is taken out of their pay for their housing.

Enormously to their credit they still work hard, pay their way and send money home. Bulgarian food ireland A lot of people feel they should not send money home but I support it. Bulgarian food in usa It can only help to trigger more economic development in their home countries.

Gordon Brown will today pledge to close the door to foreign doctors and a string of other professions as part of a crackdown to cut immigration into Britain.

After a decade in which Labour has allowed immigration on an unprecedented scale, England is now almost twice as crowded as Germany and four times as crowded as France.

But now the Prime Minister is insisting that he will not allow the population to soar to 70million over the next 20 years as official forecasts predict.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Brown signalled a major shift in his Government’s immigration policy as he admitted it had put key public services in some parts of the country under severe strain.

Ministers concede that the lack of a proper debate on immigration has played into the hands of the far-Right BNP, which won two European Parliament seats earlier this year.

Controversy has been heightened by explosive claims by Andrew Neather, a former speechwriter to Tony Blair, that ministers allowed immigration to increase in part to make Britain ‘truly multicultural’ and to ‘rub the Right’s noses in diversity’.

Last week, Home Secretary Alan Johnson became the first to admit ministers had failed to grasp growing public concern about the pressures on jobs and public services, and had ignored problems about failed asylum seekers and foreign national prisoners.

Again today, Mr Johnson said it had taken a ‘long time’ to get on top of the issue and that the time delay in doing so had allowed for a ‘huge influx in asylum seekers’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1227050/Well-stem-rising-tide-migration-PM-finally-promises-action–starting-curb-doctors.html

Not at all sure about this one. Bulgarian food in london Shouldn’t we be aiming for a policy more like they have in Australia where people can come in if they have a profession that is needed. Bulgarian food in las vegas If we stop doctors, then those that are here will be under more strain and more of them will be looking to emmigrate.

Mmmmm, I think Gordon & Co, need to be very careful or we could end up in a different, but equally worrying mire.

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