So where have they got to then????
Definition of New Labour Immigration Policy:- Ooooops!Telegraph said:200,000 'lost' asylum seekers may stay
More than 200,000 failed asylum seekers may stay in Britain indefinitely because they cannot be traced.
Officials have conceded that nearly half of the 450,000 "legacy cases" in which the applicants are left in limbo may never be cleared.
Ministers have flatly ruled out an amnesty and have pledged to remove everyone not entitled to be here within five years.
Some "legacy" cases date back 15 years and experts believe the Government will not be able to fulfil its pledge to clear the backlog by July 2011. Officials attending a recent meeting to discuss the legacy policy were told that half of the 450,000 are "untraceable".
They were also told that 18,000 foreign nationals who have committed crimes in Britain were earmarked for deportation, the first time an official figure has been given.