Illegal Immigrants

Home Department written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Shadow Home Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants have been detected stowing away in lorries at each of her Department's check-points within the UK in each month since January 2005.

Photo of Jacqui Smith Jacqui Smith Home Secretary

In 2008 alone, over 28,000 attempts to cross the channel and enter the UK illegally were prevented at the juxtaposed ports of Calais, Coquelles and Dunkirk.

The following tables represent the number of clandestines detected in lorries at the juxtaposed locations in northern France from 2005 to 2008 as well as ports within the UK.

Location—juxtaposed controls
2005 2006 2007 2008
U/E FP U/E FP U/E FP U/E FP
January 189 872 364 1,227 406 819 785 1,894
February 191 662 427 727 303 643 683 1,394
March 235 705 332 875 297 508 571 947
April 266 887 367 893 320 631 549 1,054
May 249 834 403 946 448 724 490 978
June 207 863 372 820 327 734 506 1,231
July 350 877 377 780 455 717 625 1,306
August 388 894 560 1,092 448 1,075 650 1,900
September 270 927 424 1,317 497 1,286 946 2,055
October 396 842 664 1,588 701 1,771 1,077 2,567
November 449 1,269 528 842 651 1,996 941 2,313
December 423 694 386 587 606 1,517 721 1,824
Total 3,613 10,326 5,204 11,694 5,459 12,421 8,544 19,463
Key:

U/E = Represents figures for UKBA detections at juxtaposed ports including contracted partners.

FP = Represents figures for detections at juxtaposed ports by the French port authorities.

Location—Dover, Ramsgate and Dartford Europort
2005 2006 2007 2008
January 60 68 51 68
February 26 43 20 69
March 35 18 27 43
April 17 66 36 26
May 46 41 26 46
June 34 42 28 16
July 41 40 37 31
August 50 40 51 55
September 45 36 56 45
October 55 62 84 57
November 47 53 42 89
December 64 32 83 70
Total 520 561 541 615
Location —Hull, Immingham, Humber Sea Terminal, Grimsby, Tyne Commission Quay and Teesport
2005 2006 2007 2008
January 3 8
February 10 4
March 5 9
April 14 4
May 8 7
June 6 23 12
July 4 8 12
August 1 8
September 1 9 9
October 1 2 6
November 17
December 4
Total 81 57 64 74
Location—Purfleet and Tilbury
2005 2006 2007 2008
January 38
February 4 13
March 7 10
April 9 9
May 12 7
June 3 13
July 1 10 24
August 2 16
September 9 7 22
October 16 7
November 2 16 14
December 2 11
Total 30 70 184
Location—Newhaven, Portsmouth, Plymouth and Poole
2005 2006 2007 2008
January 15 29 24
February 42 18 10
March 9 12 5
April 8 7 10
May 15 27 9
June 14 44 14
July 10 21 17
August 44 24 8
September 19 31 19
October 17 20 14
November 20 44 20
December 20 18 4
Total 163 233 295 154

All the data provided above have been compiled from locally held management information and as such do not represent National Statistics. They may therefore be subject to change.

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