Undocumented Migrants

Home Office written question – answered on 20th June 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people who entered the UK illegally by sea since January have (1) applied for asylum, (2) been detained pending further enquiries, and (3) been returned to another country.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The Home Office has published data on the number of illegals migrants who have entered the UK illegally by crossing the Channel and the point at which they were encountered, up to and including February 2019, and this information can be found at Table 2, at the link below:

https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/home-affairs/Correspondence-17-19/19-03-05-Letter-from-Sir-Philip-Rutnam-KCB-Permanent-Secretary-Home-Office-Migrant-boats-in-the-channel.pdf

Year

Number of People encountered and to the point they were encountered

2019

177

Data from March 2019 is currently being reconciled to ensure accuracy. No decision has been taken on mode or frequency of any future publication of this data.

The Home Office is unable to report on how many people who entered the UK illegally by sea since January have (1) applied for asylum, (2) been detained pending further enquiries, as the method of entry for those who claim asylum in the UK is non recorded in a format that can easily be retrieved and to obtain this information would require a manual trawl and could only be obtained at disproportionate costs.

The Home Office does publish data on the number of applications for asylum in the UK, in its quarterly Immigration Statistics release, the latest release published 24th May 2019. The number of asylum applications for main applicants by country of nationality, made since January 2019 can be found in table as_01_q for main applicants:

Year

Total asylum applications (Main applicants)

2019 Q1

8,922

Latest edition available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2019/list-of-tables#asylum

The Home Office does publish data on the number of people entering detention, in its quarterly Immigration Statistics release, the latest release published 24th May 2019. The number entering detention since January 2019 can be found in table dt_01_q:

Year

Total detainees

2019 Q1

6,153

Latest edition available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-statistics-year-ending-march-2019/list-of-tables#detention

The number of illegal migrants who entered the UK illegally by small boats and have been returned to another country currently stands at 35.

Letter - Migration Boats (PDF Document, 162.04 KB)

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