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Repatriation: Kosovo

Home Department written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Denis MacShane Denis MacShane Labour, Rotherham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Kosovan asylum seekers were repatriated in each year since 2000.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The following table shows the number of Kosovan asylum seekers, including dependants, who were removed or departed voluntarily from the UK to the recorded destination of Kosovo in each year from 2004 to 2010.

Removals and voluntary departures (1,2,3) of asylum cases, nationals of Kosovo to Kosovo, 2004 to 2010
Number of departures (4,5)
2004(6) 970
2005(6) 755
2006(6) 485
2007(7) 320
2008(7) 140
2009(7,8) 110
2010(7,8) 40
(1 )Figures are rounded to the nearest 5. (2) Includes enforced removals, persons departing voluntarily after notifying the UK Border Agency of their intention to leave prior to their departure, persons leaving under assisted voluntary return programmes and since January 2005 persons who it has been established left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. (3 )Figures include dependants. (4 )Removals and voluntary departures recorded on the system as at the dates on which the data extracts were taken. (5 )Destination as recorded on source database. (6) Management information; figures are approximate. (7) National Statistics. (8) Provisional figures.

Destination data have only been recorded since 2004; therefore requested data for each year between 2000 and 2003 are not available.

Data for the years 2004 to 2006 are based on management information and are approximate. This is due to data quality issues with the recording of Kosovan cases on the UK Border Agency Case Information Database (CID) prior to the state union of Serbia and Montenegro coming to an end in June 2006. Data from 2007 onwards are National Statistics.

The Home Office publishes statistics on the number of persons removed or departed voluntarily from the UK on a quarterly and annual basis, which are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office's Science, Research and Statistics web pages at:

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