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Illegal Immigrants

Home Department written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal immigrants were detected in each (a) local authority area, (b) county and (c) region in each year for which figures are available.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The records kept by the UK Border Agency regarding the arrest of illegal immigrants breaks down the figures by region. The data, for financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11 (up to December), are in the following table.

It is not possible to disaggregate these figures by local authority and county without incurring a disproportionate cost, as to determine this would require the manual examination of each record, to ensure their accuracy.

The figures provided are sourced from management information tools; they are not quality assured under National Statistics protocols and are subject to change.

Region April 2009 to March 2010 April 2010 to December 2010 Total
London and South East 3,287 2,541 5,828
Midlands and East 1,411 950 2,361
North East, Yorkshire and Humber 985 655 1,640
North West 579 589 1,168
Scotland and Northern Ireland 456 477 933
Wales and South West 789 528 1,317
Total 7,507 5,741 13,248

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