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Doubt over 90% asylum target

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When the former Home Secretary John Reid famously said that the government mechanism for dealing with asylum applications was "not fit for purpose" he set two targets - dealing with the legacy of unresolved cases within five years, and by the end of 2011 to grant or remove 90% of new asylum claimants.

John Vine, chief inspector of the UK Border Agency, told the Today programme that "in 4 of the 6 regions where asylum cases are conducted by case workers I found very few people who thought 90% figure was achievable".

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