Keith Vaz, chair of the Commons home affairs committee, said the figure, comprising all outstanding UKBA cases, had been calculated for the first time.
“This backlog is now equivalent to the entire population of Newcastle upon Tyne. It will take years to clear,” said Vaz. “The agency seems to have acquired its own Bermuda Triangle. It is easy to get in but near impossible to keep track of anyone, let alone get them out.”