Asylum: Detainees

Home Office written question – answered on 17th June 2019.

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Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers resident in Scotland are held in removal centres at (a) Dungavel and (b) other UK centres.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many child asylum seekers resident in Scotland are currently being held at (a) Dungavel and (b) other UK removal centres.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest time an asylum seeker resident in Scotland has been held at (a) Dungavel and (b) another UK removal centre.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest time held is for an asylum seeker resident in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency at (a) Dungavel and (b) another UK removal centres.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of detention for asylum seekers resident in Scotland is at (a) Dungavel and (b) other UK removal centres.

Photo of Lesley Laird Lesley Laird Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average cost to the public purse is of each detention of asylum seekers resident in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency at (a) Dungavel and (b) other UK removal centres.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office does not hold the information requested on individual detainees from Scotland or from Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency in a reportable format. The last known addresses of detainees are not included in the underlying datasets used to produce the Home Office’s published detention figures and the information requested could only be supplied at disproportionate cost.

The median length of detention of people leaving the detention estate in Q1 2019 was between 8 and 14 days, and of people in the immigration detention estate as at 31 March 2019 between 15 and 28 days. Information on the length of detention of people leaving and in the detention estate is available in tables dt_06_q and dt_11_q of the detention tables in the latest releases of ‘Immigration Statistics, year ending March 2019’.

The UK ended the routine detention of children in immigration removal centres in 2010 and enshrined this in law under the Immigration Act 2014. There remain limited circumstances where, very exceptionally, unaccompanied children may be detained in the absence of suitable alternatives.

The great majority of asylum claims are processed in the non-detained system, with claimants living in the community. Only a small minority of claimants are detained whilst their claim is considered. The current policy emphasises fairness and flexibility. There are no fixed timescales for scheduling an asylum interview and deciding an asylum claim in detention. Timescales are tailored to take account of the circumstances of each case.

The High Court and Court of Appeal have confirmed the lawfulness and fairness of the Detained Asylum Casework process. Asylum claims in detention are considered in accordance with published detention guidance, incorporating the policy on safeguarding adults at risk.

The average cost to detain an individual in immigration detention is provided on a per day basis. The current daily cost per detainee is £88.68, which cor-responds to an annual cost of £32,368 (£88.68 multiplied by 365 days). Data can be found at the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-enforcement-data-february-2019

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