Theresa May’s measures for the detection of illegal immigrants in the UK is about to take a new dimension starting January. Indeed, banks will be required to check 70 million accounts in search for customers with residence status irregularities on a quarterly basis. This action is part of the 2016 Immigration Act adopted last December, which aims to create a “hostile environment” for people settling illegally in Great Britain.
To detect these, financial institutions will have to crosscheck account holders’ personal information with a database supplied by Cifas – an anti-fraud organisation attached to the Home Office. Accounts held by illegal immigrants will be instantly closed down or frozen. This is designed to encourage people residing illegally in the UK to leave the country voluntarily, offering them a chance to secure their From the Latin word moneta, nickname that was given by Romans to the goddess Juno because there was a minting workshop next to her temple. Money is any item that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts, such as taxes, in a particular region, country or socio-economic context. Its onset dates back to the origins of humanity and its physical representation has taken on very varied forms until the appearance of metal coins. The banknote, a typical representati... More once they exit the territory. With this procedure, the Home Office expects to identify about 6,000 visa overstayers, dismissed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders within a year. Following the Brexit referendum, the scheme could be extended to EU citizens, causing deep concerns in multicultural cities.
The authorities ensure that legal citizens will not be affected by the checks, but immigration welfare activists assert that the Home Office’ system cannot be trusted as recent records indicate, and that migrants with valid resident permits may be falsely prosecuted. Satbir Singh – Chief Executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Migrants – reminded that immigration status is complex and that the Home Office is known to make errors.
This proves how governments and financial institutions can exercise full control over consumer assets stored in the banking system, using personal information to their detriment. Such measures represent a direct threat to a citizen’s right to anonymity and could have terrible repercussions in the advent of an error.
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