Immigration Enforcement Secretariat
41 Homer Road
Mail to: request-616096-
Monday 10 August 2020
Dear Ms Strickland, Re: Freedom of Information request – 59407
Thank you for your email of 7 July, in which you requested information regarding the Home
Office Charter flight to Nigeria and Ghana on 28 March 2017. Your full request, which is
being handled as a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) and our responses can be found in the enclosed annex.
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Immigration Enforcement Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: Freedom of Information request – 59407
From: Ms Strickland <email@example.com>
Sent: 07 July 2020 20:55
To: FOI Requests <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - [July 2020] Status of persons due to be on
cancelled charter flight to Nigeria/ Ghana 28.03.2017
Dear Home Office,
You've previously confirmed that there are 11 persons still in the country that were meant
to be on the charter flight to Nigeria and Ghana departing from Stansted Airport on 28-3-
Please confirm as of today's date:
1. How many of the 11 still remain in the UK
As of 13 July 2020, we can confirm that all 11 remain in the UK.
2. What is the basis of their claim to remain in the country (e.g. asylum, human
rights, domestic violence, etc).
Leave to remain
Dependant of an EEA national
Leave to enter
As at 3 September 2019, some of the 11 people had applied to remain in the UK on
multiple grounds, including applications or representations under consideration, or
pending appeals and litigation. This explains why the total basis of claims is greater
3. How many of these persons have since been granted the right to remain
As of 13 July 2020, decisions have been made to grant limited Leave to Remain
to three of the eleven people.
A further two people have been issued with a residence card recognising their right
to remain in the UK by virtue of their relationship with an EEA national currently in
the UK exercising their treaty rights.
One person was granted asylum and leave to remain in the UK, after being referred
under the National Referral Mechanism for the identification of victims of trafficking.
4. Assuming the answer to (2) is yes and the answer to (3) is more than 0, please
confirm on what basis those persons have been granted the right to remain
Decisions were made to grant limited Leave to Remain in the three cases on
human rights or compassionate grounds.
In one case, asylum was granted after being identified as a victim of trafficking.
Two people were issued a residence card as recognition of a right to remain as the
unmarried partner of an EEA national exercising rights in the UK under the 1960
Treaty of Rome.
5. How many of these persons have been granted asylum
There has been one grant of asylum.