Immigration: Organised Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd May 2023.

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Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent progress the National Crime Agency has made on tackling organised immigration crime.

Photo of Thomas Tugendhat Thomas Tugendhat Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

Mr Speaker, this Government has pledged to tackle Organised Immigration Crime (OIC) as a priority to save lives, deter illegal migration and disrupt the people-smuggling gangs responsible for the dangerous Channel crossings.

Since 2015, the UK’s dedicated OIC taskforce has achieved more than 1,400 arrests (both in the UK and overseas), with suspects sentenced to more than 1,300 years in prison (61)

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