Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 17th November 2014.

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Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood Conservative, Oxford West and Abingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average time spent in detention in immigration removal centres was in each of the last four years.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The table below shows the available information on length of detention, in bands, as at the last day of each calendar year for the last four years. The Home Office publishes length of detention figures in bands as average figures can be skewed by the small number of people detained for longer periods.

People in detention by length of detention
As at last day of:2010201120122013
A: 3 days or less17210598115
B: 4 to 7 days45376774
C: 8 to 14 days186191255326
D: 15 to 28 days368421433521
E: 29 days to less than 2 months556570701767
F: 2 months to less than 3 months258325309350
G: 3 months to less than 4 months201186233243
H: 4 months to less than 6 months220170214180
I: 6 months to less than 12 months265272241145
J: 12 months to less than 18 months110627437
K: 18 months to less than 24 months79363822
L: 24 months to less than 36 months50271713
M: 36 months to less than 48 months121333
N: 48 months or more3420

Published figures on people detained in the United Kingdom solely under Immigration Act powers include those held in short term holding facilities, pre departure accommodation and immigration removal centres. Figures exclude those held 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. The period of detention starts when a person first enters the Home Office detention estate.

If the person is then moved from a removal centre to a police cell or Prison Service establishment, this period of stay will be included if the detention is solely under Immigration Act powers.The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the number of

people detained in the United Kingdom for immigration purposes, within Immigration Statistics: April – June 2014, from the GOV.UK website:

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