London, Nov 21 (UNI) Despite promises by the UK government to clear the backlog of failed asylum seekers, deportation of foreign nationals has fallen to a five-year low, new figures show.
Less than 1,000 workers were deported in September from the listed 285,000 immigrants while the number of asylum seekers arriving in the country was double that figure.
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said, ''This is another sign that the Government's tough talk on immigration and asylum is not matched by effective action.'' The fall in the number of removals means the Government was not able to clear the backlog of half a million people who have no right to stay in this country, Telegraph quoted him as saying.
The Government claimed the reason for the drop was that officials were concentrating on deporting foreign criminals and illegal workers.
''The first people to be deported are those who break British laws. Record numbers of foreign criminals including illegal workers who risk undercutting UK wages are being removed'' a government official said.
The Government says it will deport 4,000 foreign national prisoners this year.