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Unlawful Residents

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the number of persons unlawfully resident in the United Kingdom. [109778]

There is currently no official estimate of the size of the illegal population in the United Kingdom. The Home Office has commissioned research into the methods used in other countries to estimate the size of their illegal populations, in order to define methods appropriate for the United Kingdom. On the basis of this information we will actively consider the next steps.