Immigration Controls: Republic of Ireland

Home Office written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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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 cases of illegal migration between the UK and the Republic of Ireland in either direction have been detected by Operation Gull in each of the last 10 years; what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of Operation Gull; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Detailed records about Operation Gull are available from financial year 2010-11 when responsibility for this work was transferred to immigration officers in Northern Ireland. Through Operation Gull we regularly arrest and remove

illegal travellers attempting to use Northern Ireland ports as a means of transit across the UK. The number of immigration offenders detected through Operation Gull in Northern Ireland over the last 5 financial years were:

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2014/15 (at end Dec 2014)

Offenders Detected






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