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Asylum Seekers

Home Department written question – answered on 25th June 2001.

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Photo of David Lidington David Lidington Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his target is for the removal of failed asylum applicants from the United Kingdom; and what measures he plans to implement to secure that objective.

Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Parliamentary Secretary (Home office)

The target for the current financial year is to remove 30,000 failed asylum seekers including their dependants.

We are taking a range of measures, including a substantial increase in the number of caseworkers and Immigration Officers engaged on removal work, expansion of the detention estate, increased use of charter flights, creation of additional immigration arrest teams and development of a network of reporting centres, to support delivery of the target.

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