Immigrants: Detainees

Home Department written question – answered on 14th July 2014.

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Photo of Andy Sawford Andy Sawford Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Immigration Removal Centre detainees have (a) escaped from detention, (b) escaped while being escorted and (c) attempted to escape each IRC in the last four years; and how many such people are still at large.

Photo of Karen Bradley Karen Bradley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Escapes from immigration removal centres and while under escort are a subset of published statistics. The following table shows absconds for the financial years 2010-11 to 2013-14.

Information on attempted escapes is not held centrally and could be provided only by examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

11 of those individuals recorded as escaped 2010-11 to 2013-14 have not been located.

The police are informed immediately when a detainee has escaped and the individual's details are recorded on the Police National Computer should the individual be apprehended at a later date.

People leaving detention by place of last detention, absconded 2010-11 to 2013-14 (financial year)1, 2
  Absconded (number)
2010-11  
Absconded from centre 5
Absconded from escorts 3
Total 8
   
2011-12  
Absconded from centre 3
Absconded from escorts 3
Total 6
   
2012-13  
Absconded from centre 4
Absconded from escorts 1
Total 5
   
2013-14  
Absconded from centre 0
Absconded from escorts 0
Total 0
1 Data from 2011-12 onwards are provisional. 2 Total detainees are those detained in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers and exclude those in police cells, Prison Service establishments, short-term holding rooms at ports and airports (for less than 24 hours), and those recorded as detained under both criminal and immigration powers and their dependants.

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