Turks and Caicos Islands

House of Lords written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Jones of Cheltenham Lord Jones of Cheltenham Liberal Democrat

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of (a) the number of illegal Haitian migrants landing on the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), and (b) the repatriation costs to the TCI Government's budget of illegal migrants, for each of the past five years for which figures are available.

Photo of Lord Malloch-Brown Lord Malloch-Brown Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Africa, Asia and the UN)

The responsibility for immigration in the Turks and Caicos Islands is delegated to the local government. Its Immigration Department has provided the following information for illegal migrants who have been repatriated, but no details are available for illegal migrants who have entered the territory undetected.

Number of illegal Haitian migrants repatriated from the Turks and Caicos Islands
Month/Year 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
January 44 64 97 117 -
February 121 269 242 60 176
March 303 93 140 31 53
April 241 161 290 70 -
May 60 120 178 42 105
June 344 274 158 80 -
July 311 265 225 350 -
August 54 287 156 18 191
September 318 32 191 214 176
October 207 335 222 128 -
November 146 149 91 310 155
December 14 184 153 608 -
Total 2163 2233 2143 2,028 856
Source: Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Department

The Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Department has provided the following figures, which cover food, security, running the illegal migrant detention centre and the repatriation of illegal migrants to Haiti.

Year Amount spent US $
2003 $349,105.85
2004 $651,734.00
2005 $229,180.00
2006 $1,139,916.00
2007 $1,000,000.00 approx
Total $3 369,935.00
Source: Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Department

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