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Deportation: North Africa

Home Department written question – answered on 2nd November 2011.

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Photo of Jeremy Corbyn Jeremy Corbyn Labour, Islington North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were returned to (a) Libya, (b) Algeria and (c) Tunisia under the provisions of memoranda of understanding in each of the last five years.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The following table shows the total number of removals and voluntary departures of Libyan, Algerian and Tunisian nationals from the UK to their respective countries of origin in each year from 2006 to 2010.

Removals and voluntary departures (1,2) of Algerian, Libyan and Tunisian nationals to their country of origin (3) —January 2006 to December 2010
Number of departures
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 (4)
Total removals and voluntary departures of:          
Algerian nationals to Algeria 378 390 441 342 249
Libyan nationals to Libya 104 109 102 149 209
Tunisian nationals to Tunisia 30 34 25 32 43
(1) 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 run by the International Organisation for Migration and persons who it has been established left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. (2) Removals and voluntary departures recorded on the system as at the dates on which the data extracts were taken. (3) Destination as recorded on source database. (4) Provisional figures. Figures may under record due to data cleansing and data matching exercises that take place after the extracts are taken.

The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number of persons removed or departed voluntarily from the UK within ‘Immigration Statistics’. The data on removals and voluntary departures are available in tables rv.01 to rv.08 from the Library of the House and from the Home Office Science, research and statistics web pages at:

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