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Zimbabwe

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were deported to Zimbabwe in each of the last five years. (92200)

The following table shows the number of persons removed from the UK to Zimbabwe in 2004 and 2005. Information on the destination of persons removed from the UK has only been available since 2004.

Published information is available on the total number of persons removed as a result of deportation action for years up to 2002 in the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom Command Paper. Published editions of this Command Paper and other information on immigration and asylum are available on the Home Office's Research Development and Statistics web site at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Information on deportation action is not available for 2003, 2004 and 2005 due to data quality issues. The Immigration and Nationality Directorate is currently putting in place new processes to improve its data collection systems for the future in this area.

Removals, voluntary departures and assisted returns of persons to Zimbabwe1,2

Number of persons

2004

20053,5

Total2,5

Persons removed to Zimbabwe

275

515

790

of whom:

principal asylum applicants4

105

255

360

dependants of asylum applicants

10

30

35

non-asylum cases

160

235

395

1 Figures rounded to the nearest five and may not sum due to rounding. 2 Includes enforced removals, persons departing “voluntarily” after enforcement action had been initiated against them and persons leaving under assisted voluntary return programmes run by the International Organization for Migration. 3 Removals in 2005 include those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. 4 Persons who had sought asylum at some stage, excluding dependants. 5 Provisional figures.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in the UK are awaiting deportation to Zimbabwe. (92201)

This information is not available.

Published statistics on immigration and asylum are available on the Home Office’s Research Development and Statistics website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.