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, how many (a) irregular migrants and (b) asylum seekers are held in prisons under immigration powers.

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

As of 3 November 2014, there were 385 detainees held in prison solely under immigration powers. The information provided above is based on management information only and has not been subject to the detailed checks that apply for National Statistics publications. These figures are provisional and are subject to change.

It is not possible to distinguish irregular migrants from asylum seekers without the examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

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