Immigrants: Commonwealth

Home Office written question – answered on 11th September 2018.

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Photo of Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds Labour, Wolverhampton North East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 January 2018 to Question 121792, on Immigrants: Commonwealth, if she will publish the number of Commonwealth citizens legally residing in the UK who have been (a) deported and (b) detained in error by her Department in each of the last five years.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Department has been carrying out a review of all cases of Caribbean Commonwealth nationality, born before 1 January 1973, who have been removed and/or detained by the Home Office since 2002 (when the Casework Information Database (CID) was available across the immigration system) and sought to identify any individuals where there was an indication in the record that the individual could have been in the UK before 1973.

The Home Secretary wrote to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee on 21st August to provide an update on this work. A copy of this letter has been deposited in the House Library.

This work is ongoing and the Home Secretary has committed to regularly updating the Home Affairs Select Committee on progress.

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