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Illegal Immigrants: Estimated Numbers

Volume 621: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2001

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will explain the methodology by which they calculate their estimates of numbers of would-be immigrants currently illegally at large in the United Kingdom. [HL465]

There is no official estimate of the number of immigrants unlawfully present in the United Kingdom. However, we are considering commissioning research into this area and expect to let the contract for a feasibility study of possible survey methods shortly.