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Immigration: Detainees

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

How many asylum and immigration detainees were held in prisons at the most recent date for which figures are available. [HL1026]

Information on foreign nationals held in prison establishments in England and Wales is currently collected centrally on the basis of country of origin. This information is not broken down further by immigration status.

The position on 30 September 2006 can be found in the attached table drawn from data held on the prison IT system.

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system, and although shown to the last individual the figures may not be accurate to that level.

Population in prison by nationality and sex England and Wales 30 September 2006

Nationality

Male

Female

Total

All nationalities

74,782

4,573

79,355

UK nationals

64,063

3,539

67,602

Foreign nationals

9,988

940

10,928

Not recorded

731

94

825

Total Africa

2,708

342

3,051

Angola

69

5

74

Burundi

9

1

10

Dahomey (Benin)

10

0

10

Botswana

4

0

4

Ivory Coast

26

2

28

Central African Republic

7

0

7

Congo

106

3

109

Cameroon, United Republic

33

2

35

Cape Verde

1

0

1

Algeria

206

0

206

Egypt

9

1

10

Ethiopia

68

2

70

Ghana

177

29

206

Gambia

40

3

43

Guinea

15

0

15

Equatorial Guinea

1

0

1

Guinea/Bissau

3

0

3

Kenya

50

5

55

Liberia

27

4

31

Libya

31

0

31

Morocco

48

3

51

Mali

1

0

1

Mauritania

1

0

1

Mauritius

24

1

25

Malawi

11

1

12

Mozambique

1

0

1

Namibia

4

1

5

Niger

3

0

3

Nigeria

762

212

974

Rwanda

15

0

15

Seychelles

1

0

1

Sudan

53

1

54

Sierre Leone

86

5

91

Senegal

9

0

9

Somalia

335

14

350

Chad

1

0

1

Togo

8

4

13

Tunisia

18

0

18

Tanzania

18

0

18

Uganda

84

6

90

Western Sahara

1

0

1

South Africa

139

23

162

Zambia

14

2

16

Congo, Democratic Republic

32

0

32

Zimbabwe

145

15

159

Total Asia

1,607

94

1,701

Bangladesh

197

1

198

Bhutan

1

0

1

Burma

4

1

5

China

242

37

279

Hong Kong

7

0

7

Indonesia

4

0

4

India

261

9

271

Japan

1

0

1

Cambodia

1

0

1

Korea Republic of (Sth)

3

0

3

Sri Lanka

157

0

157

Myanmar, Union of (Burma)

1

0

1

Mongolia

6

0

6

Malaysia

24

4

28

Nepal

4

0

4

Phillipines

12

4

16

Pakistan

430

6

437

Singapore

2

0

2

Thailand

2

4

6

Taiwan (Nationalist Chinese)

1

0

1

Vietnam

246

26

272

Total Central and South America

312

56

368

Argentina

3

1

4

Bolivia

4

1

5

Brazil

43

14

57

Belize

3

0

3

Chile

15

1

16

Colombia

120

14

135

Costa Rica

4

0

4

Ecuador

12

1

13

French Guyana

4

0

4

Guatemala

4

0

4

Guyana

30

8

38

Honduras

1

0

1

Mexico

13

1

14

Panama

2

1

3

Peru

5

0

5

Paraguay

1

0

1

Surinam

7

1

8

South Georgia

1

0

1

El Salvador

0

3

3

Uruguay

3

0

3

Venezuela

37

10

47

Total Europe

2,922

233

3,155

Albania

127

4

131

Armenia

4

0

4

Austria

9

3

12

Azerbijan

3

0

3

Bosnia-Hercegovina

6

5

11

Belgium

43

4

47

Bulgaria

10

0

10

Croatia

10

2

11

Switzerland

4

2

6

Czech Republic

31

5

36

Cyprus

61

2

63

Germany

113

18

131

Denmark

10

1

11

Estonia

16

0

16

Spain

74

13

87

Finland

3

0

3

France

154

17

171

Georgia

13

0

13

Gibraltar

2

0

2

Greece

24

4

28

Hungary

19

1

20

Irish Republic

643

48

692

Iceland

1

0

1

Italy

117

9

126

Kazakhstan

2

1

3

Kyrgystan

4

0

4

Lithuania

177

13

190

Latvia

49

2

51

Moldova

33

0

33

Macedonia

5

0

5

Serbia and Montenegro

98

0

98

Malta

10

0

10

Netherlands

118

29

147

Norway

5

0

5

Poland

240

9

248

Portugal

159

13

172

Romania

130

10

140

Sweden

8

6

14

Slovakia

18

4

22

Slovenia

3

1

4

Russia

104

9

113

Turkey

255

1

256

Turkmenistan

2

0

2

Uzbekistan

3

0

3

Total Middle East

647

6

652

United Arab Emirates

5

0

5

Afghanistan

89

1

90

Iran

188

3

191

Israel

20

0

20

Iraq

269

0

269

Jordan

11

0

11

Kuwait

14

0

14

Lebanon

26

1

27

Oman

1

0

1

Saudi Arabia

12

1

13

Syrian Arab Republic

3

0

3

Yemen, Republic of

8

0

8

Total North America

102

25

127

Canada

21

5

26

United States of America

81

20

101

Total Oceania

38

4

42

Australia

19

1

20

Fiji

11

2

13

French Southern Territories

1

0

1

Kiribati

1

0

1

New Zealand

6

1

7

Total other

7

0

7

Total unrecorded

731

94

825

West Indies

1,644

181

1826

Aruba

1

0

1

Anguilla

1

0

1

Netherlands Antilles

23

8

31

Barbados

27

3

30

Bermuda

4

0

4

Bahamas

4

0

4

Cuba

1

0

1

Dominica

4

0

4

Dominican Republic

8

2

10

Grenada

27

6

34

Haiti

2

0

2

Jamaica

1,406

132

1,538

St Lucia

23

6

29

Montserrat

17

0

17

St Christopher & Nevis

1

0

1

St Kitts and Nevis

2

0

2

Trinidad and Tobago

79

23

103

St Vincent & The Grenadines

12

1

13