Immigration: Commonwealth

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

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Commonwealth citizens who arrived in the UK before 1973 have been (a) deported, (b) placed in immigration detention and (c) denied recourse to public funds since 2012.

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 with this work, as well as a review into proactive compliant environment sanctions.

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