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Illegal Immigrants

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many undocumented immigrants have been (a) repatriated, (b) held in detention and (c) released after being arrested in raids by the UK Border Agency and its predecessors in each year since 2001. (246241)

There are no circumstances where an undocumented individual can be removed. Where an individual has no valid travel document, the UK Border Agency will obtain an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) through the relevant embassy, high commission or consulate of the country in question or where possible arrange removal using a European Union Letter (EUL).

Information on how many undocumented migrants have been held in detention and released after being arrested following operational visits by the UK Border Agency could be obtained by the detailed examination of individual case records only at disproportionate cost.

Published statistics on immigration and asylum, including removals, are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate web site at:

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