Home Affairs Committee - Eleventh Report
Student Visas: Follow up
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Very short report, but with some words about eBorders:
13. One of the aim of the Government's e-Borders programme is "provide more accurate information on migration to and from the United Kingdom." However, the report produced by the UK Statistics Authority warns that e-Borders
will not offer a complete solution in itself. The Committee has asked the Government to enable the linkage of entry and exit information, and the Government has responded21 saying that it supports the development of e-Borders. Information22 from the Migration Statistics Improvement Programme has highlighted that whilst some statistical benefits are likely to be delivered from the e-Borders system in the long term, it will not be possible to produce direct migration counts from it. This is because the administrative records that will be collected from the carriers will not routinely include the country of residence of the traveller.
The report clarifies that "Progress will be dependent on how far and how fast the UK moves to establish the administrative recording and matching of the passport details of people entering and leaving the country. To the extent that this is not put in place, there is no alternative statistical solution that will deliver comprehensive, integrated and reliable data." This seems to indicate that whilst e-Borders will not provide exact figures in terms of net migration, it will become a vital part of the process which will allow the accurate counting of migrants entering and leaving the country.