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Illegal Immigrants: Housing

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost of providing accommodation for illegal migrants to the UK. (287181)

[holding answer 16 July 2009]: The UK Border Agency does not provide accommodation to migrants other than to:

asylum seekers who are destitute, or likely to become destitute, whilst their claim (including any appeal) remains under consideration; failed asylum seekers with dependent children under the age of 18 years and those who are unable to leave the UK immediately for reasons beyond their control who would otherwise be destitute.

Local authorities are responsible for providing assistance to migrants who are destitute and have care needs. This form of assistance may include the provision of accommodation under the National Assistance Act 1948. The Home Office does not collect data on the cost of this.