Officials face problems over safe returns

The Home Office has relaxed the rules on granting leave to remain so it can clear some 40,000 asylum cases from the backlog, which officials say they are not going to be able to remove.

Such cases are known within the immigration service as “hard cases” because despite there being grounds to remove an individual it is unlikely to happen, certainly in the immediate future, due to external factors.

Predominantly this is because of difficulties in returning failed asylum seekers to their home of origin, mainly because of concerns over conditions there or the actions of the countries.

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