Asylum: Deportation

Home Office written question – answered on 28th July 2015.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Scottish National Party, Glasgow South West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been deported on non-civilian aircraft in 2015.

Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Scottish National Party, Glasgow South West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost to the public purse is of deporting a failed asylum seeker on a non-civilian chartered flight.

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

Since 1st January 2015, 1100 individuals have been returned to their country of origin on commercial aircraft chartered by the Home Office. The average cost per returnee in 2015 is currently £5,209.49 which includes aircraft charges, insurance and passenger duties. In considering the use of charters, account is taken of a number of factors including the availability of scheduled aircraft routes as well as the relative difficulty of removal in individual cases. Charter flight usage is monitored to ensure we are getting maximum value for money Please note that the figures regarding the number and average cost of returns are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information. They are therefore provisional and subject to change.

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