The UK Border Agency (UKBA) maintains a strong focus on removing those with no right to remain in the UK and enforcing the removal of those who fail to leave voluntarily forms a key component of our enforcement strategy. Between
We have identified a range of actions to drive improvements and are undergoing a change programme focused on the creation of a new removals directorate and process improvements in the management of removals across the country. Linked to this, we have a programme to improve our country planning process and charter programme. The UK Border Agency undertakes approximately 60 charter flights per year and last year we removed over 2,000 individuals on charter flights. We continue to exploit opportunities to increase returns. This includes opening and consolidating new charter routes to Ghana, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
A major element of our programme to achieve a step change in overall removals is through expanding significantly the resource directed to encouraging those still in the country without legitimate leave to exit the country voluntarily, and then removing those who refuse to return home. Steps are being taken to enhance absconder tracing and streamline processes to improve the success rate of enforcement operations. The agency will continue to focus on maximising productivity from all its enforcement assets including reporting centres, arrest teams, immigration removal centres and charter flights.