Crime: Victims

Home Office written question – answered on 8th June 2018.

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Photo of Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma Labour, Ealing, Southall

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his Department's policy is on police forces reporting the immigration status of victims of crime in relation to non-immigration related offences.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The police priority is to protect victims and investigate crime and forces are extremely careful about doing anything to deter victims from reporting crime. Victims of crime should be treated as victims first and foremost. Each case is considered very carefully but there will be instances where police need to exchange information with the Home Office.

When individuals are found to have no basis in the UK, Immigration Enforcement’s (IE) immediate priority is to ensure that all vulnerable migrants receive the support and assistance they need regardless of their immigration status.

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