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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were found trying to enter the United Kingdom with stolen or forged passports in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by nationality. (163139)

The total number of detections of travel document abuse (passports and identity cards) at United Kingdom arrivals controls (which includes our juxtaposed controls in France and Belgium) in 2006 was 4,152. Of these 3,944 were stolen and/or forged travel documents.

Complete figures are set out in the following tables and are broken down by nationality.

Doc Type

Total

Nigerian Ppt

402

Lithuanian Ppt

247

British Ppt

244

French Ppt

193

Portuguese ID

137

Polish Ppt

126

Italian ID

126

French ID

111

Portuguese Ppt

104

Italian Ppt

100

South African Ppt

99

Greek Ppt

95

Dutch ID

83

Ghanaian Ppt

80

Latvian Ppt

73

Czech Ppt

72

Dutch Ppt

68

Hungarian Ppt

63

German ID

60

Spanish Ppt

58

Danish Ppt

56

Belgian Ppt

51

Polish ID

50

British Travel Doc.

47

Indian Ppt

44

Slovak Ppt

44

Other documents

1,111

Grand total

3,944

Nationality

Total

Nigerian

553

Romanian

310

Ukrainian

242

Brazilian

213

Albanian

152

Chinese

143

Somali

140

Ghanaian

130

Sri Lankan

116

Russian

102

Undetermined

100

Indian

95

Iranian

90

Dem Rep Congo

89

Moldovan

81

Pakistani

78

Former Yugoslav

71

Cameroonian

70

Jamaican

67

Algerian

61

Bangladeshi

52

Ivorian

51

South African

51

Zimbabwean

47

Turkish

46

Other nationalities

794

Grand total

3,944

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many estimates her Department has made of the illegal migrant population since 1997; what methodology was employed to produce each such estimate; what those estimates were; what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the size of the illegal migrant population in the UK since 1997; and if she will make a statement. (177393)

No Government have ever been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally. By its very nature it is impossible to quantify accurately and that remains the case. Exit controls were phased out from 1994 but are being re-instated from this year, so it will become possible to count people in and out of the country. ID cards for foreign nationals are also going to be introduced.