Government ‘to miss airport exit check goal for overstayers’

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The government is set to miss its goal of imposing exit checks at every port and airport by the time of the next general election, the deputy prime minister said at his monthly press conference.

Nick Clegg said he was concerned about the urgency which the Home Office was putting into the project, and revealed he has asked Liberal Democrat minister and general troubleshooter David Laws to put on pressure to ensure it is dealt with.

Clegg said that restoring exit checks was the best way of dealing with the problem of people who overstay their visas, which he said was “the biggest single reason” for migrants residing illegally in the UK.

Read more at the Guardian

Immigration Minister- Mark Harper

Immigration Minister- Mark Harper

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