Illegal Immigrants: Deportation

Home Department written question – answered on 11th December 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to actively remove illegal immigrants from the UK.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

The UK Border Agency takes swift action to enforce the removal of persons who do not have any legal right to stay in the United Kingdom and who have failed to leave voluntarily. The UK Border Agency works to remove all identified illegal migrants from the UK and encourages illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin voluntarily. Action will be taken against those who have no lawful permission to remain in the UK and illegal immigrants who fail to depart will be arrested, detained and have their removal enforced.

The Agency works in partnership with other law enforcement bodies to identify and remove illegal migrants, such as the ongoing work with the Metropolitan police delivered through Operation Nexus.

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