The number of IS151As, which is a notice to a person liable to removal, issued to failed asylum seekers (FAS) by the UK Border Agency in each year since 2003 is shown in the following table. Data for previous years were not recorded centrally and would require the examination of individual records at disproportionate cost to extract.
Calendar year Number of IS151As issued to FAS 2003 20,611 2004 34,748 2005 26,309 2006 23,855 2007 25,666 2008 26,832 2009 25,618
Number of IS151As issued to FAS
All figures quoted are internal management information only and are subject to change. This information has not been quality assured under National Statistics protocols.
The IS151A does not necessarily signify that the UK Border Agency is making immediate efforts to remove that person at that time, as there may be numerous barriers to removal (such as an outstanding asylum claim or appeal right) which must first be considered; should the person subsequently be granted leave then the IS151A is no longer valid. Therefore, the issue of such a form does not correlate with the numbers of people actually removed from the UK. Removal directions are set at the end of the process when any barriers to removal are resolved.