Entry Clearances

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of people who overstayed a visa in each year since 2010.

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

It is not possible to accurately quantify the number of immigration offenders

in the UK as, by their very nature, those that deliberately evade immigration

control to enter and stay in the country illegally are not officially recorded

until they come to light and are arrested.

The Immigration Bill has provided new powers to implement exit checks, which

the last Labour Government scrapped in 1998. This will allow the Home Office to

screen those who leave the UK to identify threats and persons of interest to

Border Force, immigration enforcement and other law enforcement bodies, and to

enable an appropriate response.

The Home Office continues to prevent abuse, pursue offenders and increase

compliance with immigration law—our immigration compliance and enforcement

teams across the UK target illegal migrants who have no right to live and work

in the community.

The Immigration Bill will stop migrants using public services to which they are

not entitled, reduce the factors which encourage people to come to the UK and

make it easier to remove people who should not be here.

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