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Wednesday 24 April 2019
Dear M Esslemont, Re: Freedom of Information request – 52658
Thank you for your e-mail of 4 March 2019, in which you ask for:
Number of human trafficking victims currently held in immigration detention
The number of human trafficking victims who have applied for asylum (as of year
The number of human trafficking victims who have been rejected asylum (as of year
Your request has been handled as a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. We are now in a position to provide a full reply to your request.
The data you have requested is set out below:
Number of individuals with a positive Conclusive
Grounds decision detained in an IRC on 31-Dec-
Asylum applicants with a positive Conclusive
Of which were rejected
Please note the comments concerning this data in Annex B attached to this response. The
numbers of those held in detention changes from day to day, so we have provided the
number of detainees at 31 December 2018. This is provisional management information
that is subject to change. It has not been assured to the standard of Official Statistics.
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Immigration Enforcement Secretariat
Freedom of Information request from M Esslemont (reference 52658)
Please provide information on the following:
- Number of human trafficking victims currently held in immigration detention
- The number of human trafficking victims who have applied for asylum (as of year
- The number of human trafficking victims who have been rejected asylum (as of year
1 These statistics have been taken from a live operational database. As such,
numbers may change as information on that system is updated.
2 Asylum data extracted on 09/01/2019, detention data extracted on 13/03/2019 and
PVoT data extracted on 19/03/2019.
3 Data shown gives main asylum applicants who between 01/01/2018 and to
4 Data shown only gives asylum outcomes up to 31/12/2018.
5 Where there are multiple asylum claims or outcomes in the period, only the earliest
instance has been used.
6 An asylum 'rejection' is classified as any outcome where applicant has not been
7 Table 2 shows individuals who have applied for asylum, where the asylum
application raised date is on or after a positive Conclusive Grounds (CG) decision.
8 Table 1 shows individuals where the date of the positive CG outcome was at any
point before 31/12/2018.
9 An individual is considered to be in detention on 31/12/2018 if they have a detention
start date on or before this date, and where detention continued beyond this date.
10 Where an individual has multiple positive CG decisions, the earliest CG decision
has been used
The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is the process by which people who may have
been victims of modern slavery are identified, referred, assessed and supported in the
United Kingdom. (“Modern slavery” is a term that covers slavery, servitude and forced or
compulsory labour and human trafficking.) The initial referral goes through a two stage
process: a reasonable grounds stage (where it is considered that the person is a potential
victim of trafficking/slavery) and then, for those with a positive reasonable grounds
outcome, a conclusive grounds stage (where a definitive decision is made as to whether
the person is considered to be a victim of trafficking/slavery). The data shown here only
represents individuals who are considered to be victims of trafficking/slavery.