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Immigration: Repatriation

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Lord Foulkes of Cumnock Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they fund or support any repatriation service for (a) unemployed, or (b) homeless, European Union migrants, who wish to return to their home country but do not have the adequate funds.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (also in Department for Work and Pensions), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

During 2009/10 we funded two voluntary repatriation services delivered by the third sector-one in London at a cost of £120,000 and a national reconnection team at a cost of £150,000.

These services help migrants from the A8 and A2 accession states who are rough sleeping and destitute to return to accommodation in their home countries.

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