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Deportation: Iran

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were deported to Iran in each of the last five years. (170467)

The following table shows the number of people removed to Iran in each year since 2004. Information on the destination of persons removed from the UK has been collated only since the start of 2004.

Information on the total number of persons removed between January and September 2007 is based on management information. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols, should be treated as provisional and is subject to change.

Published statistics on immigration and asylum are available from the Library of the House and the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html

Removals, voluntary departures and assisted returns1 to Iran, January 2004 to September 20072

Number of removals

2004

2005

20063

January to September 20073,4

Total removals to Iran

265

435

550

415

1 Includes enforced removals, persons refused entry at port and subsequently removed (including cases dealt with at juxtaposed controls), persons departing voluntarily after enforcement action had been initiated against them, persons leaving under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration and since January 2005 those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. 2 Figures rounded to the nearest five. 3 Provisional figures. 4 Figures for January to September 2007 are based on management information; this information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols, should be treated as provisional and is subject to change.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Government were unable to deport a person to Iran because they failed to co-operate with the obtaining of a travel document in each of the last five years. (170468)

The information requested could be obtained only by the detailed examination of individual case records at disproportionate cost.