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People Trafficking: Children

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many trafficked children, given leave to remain in the United Kingdom, have been deported on reaching the age of 18 years in each of the past three years; whether efforts were made to ascertain their subsequent well-being; and, if so, with what result. [HL1237]

The Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) does not hold central records of the number of trafficked children given leave to remain in the United Kingdom (UK) and who have been repatriated/removed on reaching the age of 18.

However the UK operates a system whereby each case is considered on its own individual merits, and it is recognised that some individuals who may have experienced exploitation at the hands of traffickers will need time to recover and reflect on their position and this is why IND will only take a decision to pursue the repatriation of an individual where it is deemed appropriate to do so. In reaching such a decision consideration will be given to our obligations under the immigration laws and European Convention on Human Rights and the unique circumstances of each case including any outstanding applications or appeals.