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Immigration: France

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants based at the new immigration centre in northern France have been deterred from entering the United Kingdom illegally since it opened. [HL847]

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when the replacement immigration centre in northern France was established, there was any expectation that the British Government would have any responsibility for the illegal immigrants who occupied it. [HL848]

In December 2008, the French authorities opened a number of temporary shelters across the country for homeless people during periods of extreme cold weather conditions. Such a shelter was opened in Calais and subsequently closed in early January once the weather returned to normal winter conditions.

Given that the French authorities have sole responsibility for the operation of these temporary shelters, and that their operation is unrelated to immigration status, there is no specific information available on the question of deterrence.