Undocumented Migrants

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

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal migrants arrived in the UK by sea in the last 12 months; what proportion of them were trafficked women and children; and of those, what proportion have leave to remain in the UK.

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

The Permanent Secretary’s letter to the Home Affairs Select Committee on small boat attempts up to and including February 2019 can be found here:

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

The data from March is currently being reconciled to ensure accuracy. No decision has been taken on mode or frequency of any future publication of this data.We are tackling the organised crime gangs who are exploiting vulnerable and desperate individuals by working across Government and with both domestic and international agencies to respond to this issue.

As the Immigration Minister announced in Parliament there have been 24 arrests between IE and NCA in relation to small boat threats.

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