Home Office builds database to enable real-time immigration checks


In February 2019, the UK Home Office told the Independent Chief of Borders and Immigration that it was planning to build a system that could check and confirm an individual's immigration status in real time to outside organisation such as employers, landlords, and health and benefits services. Lawyers and human rights campaigners expressed concerns that the project had received no scrutiny or public discussion, and that the Home Office's record suggested the result would be to unfairly lock people out of services.


Writer: Emily Dugan

Publication: BuzzFeed News

Publication date: 2019-02-12