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CHARITIES and MPs have slammed the government after it was revealed today that the Home Office received a £500 million surplus in immigration fees last year, profiting by £640 per child.
Profits from citizenship and residency fees have risen by 91 per cent over the past five years, particularly affecting the children of migrant parents, according to The Times.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the policy was part of the Tories’ hostile environment and added that the Home Office profiteering from immigration fees has long been an issue.
“An important point is that they are deliberately exploiting immigrants, who are a captive market,” she told the Star.
“Labour in government will cut these fees to reflect the actual cost.”
James Asfa from the charity Citizens UK, which is working with schools and universities to challenge the fees, said: “It would be a commonsense policy change that would enable the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to make a clean break from the damaging ‘hostile environment’ policy of his predecessor.”
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