Skip to main content

Asylum Seekers

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many forced removals have there been since January to (a) the Democratic Republic of Congo, (b) Darfur, and (c) Zimbabwe. [HL3704]

The following table shows the number of removals and voluntary departures in quarter one 2009 to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

Information for quarter two 2009 will be available after the publication of the next quarterly Control of Immigration bulletin to be published in August.

Published statistics on immigration and asylum are available from the Library of the House and are available from the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate website at www. homeoffice. gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html.

Country of DestinationEnforced removals and voluntary departures

Enforced removals and voluntary departures (3) (4)

Assisted Voluntary Returns (5)

Other Voluntary departures (6)

Total

Non-asylum cases refused entry at port and subsequently removed (7)

Grand Total

Total removals and voluntary departures from the United Kingdom, by type and destination (1), 01 2009 (2) (P)

Dem. Rep. of Congo

20

5

*

25

*

25

Sudan

5

5

5

15

*

15

Zimbabwe

15

50

10

70

5

75

(1) Destination as recorded on source database.

(2) Figures rounded to the nearest 5 and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.

(3) Due to a reclassification of removal categories, figures include asylum removals performed by enforcement officers using poll powers of removal and a small number of cases dealt with at juxtaposed controls.

(4) Since October 2006 figures include persons leaving under facilitated return schemes.

(5) Persons leaving under the Assisted Voluntary Return and the Assisted Voluntary Return for Irregular Migrants Programmes run by the International Organization for Migration. May include some on entry cases and some cases where enforcement action has been initiated.

(6) Persons who it has been established left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.

(7) Includes removals performed by immigration officers at ports using enforcement powers, cases dealt with at juxtaposed controls and a small number of cases who it has been established left the UK without informing the immigration authorities.

(p) Provisional figures. Removals and voluntary departures recorded on the system as at the dates on which the data extracts were taken. Figures will under record due to data cleansing and data matching exercises that take place after the extracts are taken.