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Detainees: Immigration

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people of each nationality held in immigration removal centres have been detained for more than a year in each year since 2001. (264499)

Information on all persons detained for more than one year is not held centrally and would be available only through the detailed examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost.

The following table shows the numbers of persons detained within the UK Border Agency detention estate solely under immigration act powers for more than one year on a snapshot basis as at the last Saturday of each year (i.e. of those detained on that particular day, the numbers of whom had been detained for over a year), from 2001 to 2008, broken down by country of nationality.

National statistics on persons detained solely under immigration act powers on a snapshot basis are published quarterly. This information is published in Tables 9-11 of the control of immigration: Quarterly statistical summary, United Kingdom bulletins which are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office’s Research, Development and Statistics website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html

Persons recorded as being in detention in the United Kingdom solely under immigration act powers for more than one year1, by country of nationality as at the last Saturday of each year, 2001-20082,3

Number of persons

Country of nationality

29 Dec. 20014

28 Dec. 20024

27 Dec. 20034

25 Dec. 2004

31 Dec. 2005

30 Dec. 2006

29 Dec. 2007

27 Dec. 20085

Albania

n/a

n/a

Macedonia

n/a

n/a

Moldova

n/a

n/a

Russia

*

n/a

n/a

*

Turkey

*

*

*

n/a

n/a

*

Ukraine

*

5

*

n/a

n/a

EU Accession States6

*

n/a

n/a

Other Former USSR

n/a

n/a

Other Europe

*

*

n/a

n/a

*

Total Europe

*

*

5

5

*

n/a

n/a

5

Bolivia

n/a

n/a

Brazil

n/a

n/a

Canada

n/a

n/a

Colombia

*

n/a

n/a

*

Ecuador

n/a

n/a

Jamaica

*

10

5

n/a

n/a

10

Mexico

n/a

n/a

USA

n/a

n/a

*

Other Americas

*

n/a

n/a

Total Americas

*

*

*

10

5

n/a

n/a

15

Algeria

10

5

5

5

5

n/a

n/a

10

Angola

*

5

n/a

n/a

5

Burundi

*

n/a

n/a

Cameroon

*

*

n/a

n/a

Congo

*

n/a

n/a

Democratic Republic of Congo

*

*

*

n/a

n/a

5

Eritrea

*

n/a

n/a

5

Ethiopia

*

*

n/a

n/a

*

Gambia

*

n/a

n/a

*

Ghana

*

*

*

*

n/a

n/a

*

Ivory Coast

*

*

n/a

n/a

*

Kenya

5

*

n/a

n/a

*

Liberia

n/a

n/a

*

Libya

*

*

n/a

n/a

*

Mauritius

n/a

n/a

Nigeria

*

*

*

5

*

n/a

n/a

10

Rwanda

n/a

n/a

Sierra Leone

*

n/a

n/a

*

Somalia

*

*

n/a

n/a

20

South Africa

*

*

n/a

n/a

Sudan

*

n/a

n/a

5

Tanzania

5

*

*

n/a

n/a

Uganda

n/a

n/a

*

Zimbabwe

n/a

n/a

5

Other Africa

*

*

*

*

n/a

n/a

5

Total Africa

15

15

10

20

25

n/a

n/a

85

Iran

*

*

n/a

n/a

15

Iraq

*

n/a

n/a

10

Syria

n/a

n/a

Other Middle East

n/a

n/a

*

Total Middle East

*

5

n/a

n/a

25

Afghanistan

n/a

n/a

*

Australia

n/a

n/a

Bangladesh

*

*

n/a

n/a

*

China (including Taiwan)

5

*

*

*

5

n/a

n/a

10

India

*

5

*

n/a

n/a

5

Malaysia

n/a

n/a

New Zealand

n/a

n/a

Pakistan

5

5

*

5

n/a

n/a

*

Philippines

n/a

n/a

South Korea

n/a

n/a

Sri Lanka

5

*

*

5

n/a

n/a

5

Thailand

n/a

n/a

Vietnam

n/a

n/a

5

Other Asia and Oceania

*

n/a

n/a

Total Asia and Oceania

15

5

5

15

10

n/a

n/a

25

Other and not known

n/a

n/a

Grand Total

35

20

25

45

40

n/a

n/a

150

n/a = Not available. Following a change in the system in which information is collected, published statistics on all persons detained under sole immigration act powers by length of detention are not available for December 2006 and 2007.

1 Relates to most recent period of sole detention.

2 Figures rounded to the nearest 5 (— = 0, * = 1 or 2), may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding and exclude persons detained in police cells, prison service establishments and those detained under both criminal and immigration powers.

3 Figures include dependants.

4 Figures exclude those detained in Oakington Reception Centre; where persons have been transferred to and subsequently from Oakington, excludes time in detention prior to transfer from Oakington.

5 Figures are based on management information. This information has not been quality assured under national statistics protocols, is subject to change and should be treated as provisional.

6 EU accession states: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.