Banks and building societies to root through every current account in Britain in hunt for illegal immigrants

  • Accounts of illegal immigrants who are identified will be shut down or frozen
  • The Home Office expects to identify 6,000 people in first year of the checks
  • But critics said they could not be trusted to implement the system effectively

Banks have agreed to carry out immigration checks on bank accounts to root out illegal immigrants.
Building societies will also look through 70 million current accounts from January to identity people who are living in Britain illegally.
The Home Office expects to identify 6,000 visa overstayers, failed asylum seekers and foreign national offenders facing deportation in the first year of the checks, which are to be carried out quarterly.