Home Department written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality)

The following table shows the number of persons removed from the UK to Zimbabwe in 2004 and 2005. Information on the destination of persons removed from the UK has only been available since 2004.

Published information is available on the total number of persons removed as a result of deportation action for years up to 2002 in the Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom Command Paper. Published editions of this Command Paper and other information on immigration and asylum are available on the Home Office's Research Development and Statistics web site at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.

Information on deportation action is not available for 2003, 2004 and 2005 due to data quality issues. The Immigration and Nationality Directorate is currently putting in place new processes to improve its data collection systems for the future in this area.

Removals, voluntary departures and assisted returns of persons to Zimbabwe( 1,2)
Number of persons
2004 2005( 3,5) Total( 2,5)
Persons removed to Zimbabwe 275 515 790
of whom:
principal asylum applicants(4) 105 255 360
dependants of asylum applicants 10 30 35
non-asylum cases 160 235 395
(1 )Figures rounded to the nearest five and may not sum due to rounding. (2 )Includes enforced removals, persons departing "voluntarily" after enforcement action had been initiated against them and persons leaving under assisted voluntary return programmes run by the International Organization for Migration. (3 )Removals in 2005 include those who it is established have left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. (4) Persons who had sought asylum at some stage, excluding dependants. (5 )Provisional figures.

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