Illegal Immigrants

Home Department written question – answered on 14th November 2011.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi nationals who have no legal basis to remain the UK have been removed to Iraq in each month since May 2010; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The following table shows the total number of removals and voluntarily departures of Iraqi nationals from the UK to Iraq in each month from May 2010 to June 2011.

Monthly total removals and voluntary departures (1) , nationals of Iraq to Iraq (2) May 2010 to June 2011 (3)
Number of departures
May 2010 13
June 2010 69
July 2010 22
August 2010 36
September 2010 94
October 2010 66
November 2010 26
December 2010 22
January 2011 19
February 2011 39
March 2011 46
April 2011 15
May 2011 8
June 2011 26
(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 Refugee Action from April 2011 (previously run by the International Organisation for Migration) and persons who it has been established left the UK without informing the immigration authorities. (2) Destination as recorded on source database. (3) Provisional figures. Figures will 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:

Quarterly data for July to September 2011 will be published as part of the regular Home Office publication scheme on 24 November.

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