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Immigration: Detention and Removal Centres

Volume 707: debated on Thursday 29 January 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants who wish to return to their own countries voluntarily are currently held in detention centres. [HL647]

The assisted voluntary return of irregular migrants (AVRIM) programme introduced in November 2004 is available to those who have entered the UK unlawfully or those who have breached their conditions of leave to enter or leave to remain. AVRIM is operated on behalf of the Home Office by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), an independent intergovernmental organisation.

Currently there are seven individuals who have applied under the programme who are detained in the UK Border Agency's detention estate while approval for their return is pending.