At least 10,000 failed or missing asylum seekers have been living in the UK for ten years, figures reveal.

Some are awaiting removal after the long and costly end of appeal rights.

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At least 10,000 failed or missing asylum seekers are still living in the UK in the 10 years sinceCredit: AP
The revelations put new pressure on Interior Minister Priti Patel

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The revelations put new pressure on Interior Minister Priti PatelCredit: Reuters

But almost a third have disappeared and are working in the black economy.

Details of the huge backlog were revealed in the Interior Ministry document days after European human rights judges caught the first deportation flight to Rwanda.

Campaigners last night called the £1.5 billion a year asylum system “a complete mess”.

Official statistics show that 6,414 asylum seekers rejected more than ten years ago are still living in the UK.

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The whereabouts of another 3,658 people are still unknown.

The revelations put new pressure on Interior Minister Priti Patel.

She called last week’s decision to charter a £300,000 vessel to Rwanda “totally scandalous” – and vowed to keep fighting.

And Britain’s former US ambassador, Sir Christopher Meyer, said: “If I were an adviser, I would say I would have flown the bloody plane anyway.”

The dramatic proliferation of small boats across the English Channel has sent 37,000 impoverished migrants to hotels at a cost of £4.7 million a day.

A total of 115,000 asylum seekers in the UK are currently awaiting a decision, with 54,000 waiting more than three years.

Alp Mehmet of the UK’s MigrationWatch called the situation “a complete mess”.

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A Home Office spokesman said: “The Citizenship and Borders Act will fix the UK’s broken asylum system.”

AROUND 300 migrants were detained by Border Force officers in Dover yesterday after crossing the Channel in small boats.

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