London, Dec.10 (ANI): At least 180,000 asylum seekers are set to be allowed to stay in Britain because of their human rights thanks to the Government's backlog fiasco. According to The Telegraph, over 50,000 applicants in the so-called "legacy" files have so far been told they can remain - the equivalent of four in ten - and the proportion is increasing.
If the pattern continues at least 180,000 will be given the green light by the time officials clear the 450,000 files, some of which date back to the mid 1990s.
The list includes thousands of people from Turkey and Pakistan and critics said the move was effectively an amnesty by stealth.
Separate figures showed seven foreign murderers, rapists or paedophiles involved in the foreign prisoner scandal have been allowed to remain.
Dozens of other serious overseas criminals such as armed robbers and sex offenders will also stay here.
The 450,000 files in the Case Resolution Programme were unearthed in 2006 in the wake of the foreign prisoners scandal.
Among them are claimants who should have been deported years ago, while others have never been dealt with. (ANI)