Immigrants: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd December 2015.

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Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Labour/Co-operative, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22 October 2015 to Question 10915, what the longest recorded time is for which a woman without any outstanding criminal offences was held in immigration detention since 2010.

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

The longest time that a woman without any outstanding criminal offences has been held in immigration detention since 2010 is 588 days. The individual concerned was subsequently removed from the country. Detention can be prolonged where individuals fail to comply with the re-documentation and/or removal processes, or submit very late, or multiple, applications or appeals.

The Home Office publishes quarterly and annual statistics on the length of detention of people detained in the United Kingdom for immigration purposes, within the Immigration Statistics release on the GOV.UK website:

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