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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) illegal immigrants and (b) failed asylum seekers were granted leave to remain in the UK as a result of amnesties in each of the last 10 years. (147242)

There have been no amnesties in the last 10 years for people who have no legal basis for stay in the United Kingdom.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many overstayers there have been in the UK since 1997, broken down by estimated period of overstay. (147688)

As the former Home Secretary set out in his evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 23 May 2006, following the dismantling of embarkation controls beginning in 1994, no government has been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally. The Home Secretary has set a clear goal of reintroducing systems to count everyone in and out of Britain. The majority of passengers will be checked in and out of the United Kingdom by 2009.