One in five people stopped by immigration enforcement teams in Britain’s biggest cities is a UK national, according to newly revealed figures that critics say cast doubt on official claims that such stops are “intelligence-led”.The figures, obtained through freedom of information requests, show that out of 102,552 stopped in the past five years, 19,096 – 18.6% – were British citizens. Lawyers say they lend credence to suspicions of unlawful racial profiling.
The data, which covers 11 of the largest cities in England, Wales and Scotland, shows that in London alone, 8,002 British citizens were stopped. In Sheffield and Glasgow, nearly a third of those stopped were British citizens.
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