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Immigration: Northern Ireland

Home Department written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people suspected of immigration breaches have been detained at (a) airports and (b) sea ports in Northern Ireland in each year since 2007.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

Detailed records about our in-country immigration work that targets domestic routes to and from Northern Ireland's air and sea ports are available from financial year (April to March) 2010-11 when responsibility for this work transferred to immigration officers in Northern Ireland. Over the last three years 740 immigration offenders were detected using these routes:

At the airports: 82 offenders were detected during 2012-13—compared with 83 in 2011-12 and 132 in 2010-11.

At the seaports: 122 offenders were detected at the sea ports during 2012-13—compared with 242 in 2011-12 and 79 in 2010-11.

At the border: The seaports are domestic routes and therefore not subject to international border controls. At Northern Ireland airports, Border Force Immigration Officers have issued 296 refusals to enter the UK since 2009 when detailed records were introduced. So far this year 25 passengers have been refused entry to the UK—compared with 69 in 2012, 40 in 2011, 72 in 2010 and 90 in 2009.

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