Home Office makes ‘secret’ payments to embassies for deportees’ travel papers


UK VISAThe Home Office is making “secret” payments to embassies to provide travel documents for migrants they want to remove from Britain, the Guardian has learned.

The payments, which could amount to millions of pounds in total, do not appear in the department’s annual report, and a spokesperson could not say who authorises them or which budget the money comes from.

Diplomatic sources from embassies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East described how the money was offered in return for providing travel documents as quickly as possible.

Many asylum seekers and other migrants arrive in Britain without their passports, and they cannot be removed without travel documents. About 60,000 people were removed from the UK last year, and the government has pledged to limit immigration to tens of thousands.

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