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Lunar House in Croydon is the dump where most asylum seekers and other migrants have their claims processed. For Britain to have robust and fair border controls, it has got to work better

By James Fergusson   April 2005

In early February, Charles Clarke announced a five-year strategy plan for immigration and asylum. It came hot on the heels of the Tories’ announcement of their own immigration strategy, based on a quota system. The highlight of the Labour proposal was an Australian-style points system. Thanks to this and a raft of other rule-tightening measures, said Clarke, immigration control would be “transformed”—the fourth transformation of Britain’s border regulations since 1997.

So whoever wins the election, the goalposts of immigration will shift once again. What both parties seem to have overlooked, however, is the fact that the effectiveness of their new…

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