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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

11. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate she has made of the number of illegal migrants in the UK. (242975)

Since the abolition of embarkation controls, which started in 1994, no Government have ever been able to produce an accurate figure for the number of people who are in the country illegally.

By the end of December 2008, the majority of foreign nationals will be counted in and out of the country.

This is one part of the biggest shake up of border security and the immigration system in a generation which also includes the global roll-out of fingerprint visas, compulsory watch-list checks for all travellers from high risk countries before they land in Britain and ID cards for foreign nationals.