“Protecting the integrity of the UK’s immigration system is vital"
Senior police officer Bas Javid has been appointed to a top immigration role in the Home Office.
Mr Javid is currently a deputy assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police and is the brother of former Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
He has been named Director-General of immigration enforcement.
Mr Javid is entering the Home Office at a time when officials and ministers are under increasing pressure to make the government’s immigration plans work.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has pledged to “stop the boats” by sending asylum seekers to Rwanda.
But the plans have stalled in the courts, while the number of asylum seekers coming to the UK and waiting to be processed has increased.
There were 75,492 asylum applications (relating to 91,047 people) in the UK in the year ending March 2023, a 33% increase from the previous 12 months.
Sajid Javid served as Home Secretary between 2018 and 2019.
He and Bas Javid are among five brothers who were born to a bus driver. They went on to high-flying careers in politics, business, property and the police.
Bas Javid will take up his new role in November 2023 and will be tasked with the operational response to immigration offending while collaborating with other law enforcement agencies, including the police and Border Force.
He said: “Protecting the integrity of the UK’s immigration system is vital, so it is an honour to be appointed to this important role.
“I am excited to begin leading a group of dedicated, hard-working and talented public servants to ensure we uphold our rules and laws.”
Mr Javid has held senior positions at Avon and Somerset Police and West Midlands Police.
He was the second-highest ranking officer in the Met Police that, alongside other senior officers, decided not to investigate the force’s handling of the Partygate gatherings.
However, Scotland Yard said he “actively recused himself from any decision-making due to the natural conflict”.
Mr Javid was also responsible for professional standards in the force after Sarah Everard’s murder by serving officer Wayne Couzens.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman said:
“Immigration abuse is a scourge on our society and I will leave no stone unturned in clamping down on this illegality.
“Bas brings a wealth of law enforcement experience and will further ramp up our efforts to tackle immigration offending, as the British people would expect.”