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Deportation

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many removal notices for unsuccessful asylum seekers have been issued in each year since 1997. (320651)

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

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or appeal right) which must first be considered; should the person subsequently be granted leave then the IS151A is no longer valid.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.