Statistics on those Detained Awaiting Immigration Decisions or Deportation

Richard Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Home Office

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Richard Taylor

Could you please release statistics on the number of individuals detained in the UK while awaiting deportation or awaiting decisions on their immigration status. I would like to you to include a breakdown showing how long people have been held. ie. I would like to be able to see how many people have been detained for more than six months, or for more than a year etc.

While I am not seeking personal information about individuals I would like a breakdown of the general reasons behind the delays which have resulted in some individuals being held for long periods.

Speaking in the House of Commons on the 18th of May 2009 Minister Phil Woolas stated: "The trend of our removals is significantly up." Could you please also include the statistics on which this statement was based.

Many thanks,

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I expect to be referred to the published statistics at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigra...

While these show (with a caveat that the figures are non-comparable) that the number of individuals held for over a year has risen from 150 in December 2008 to 215 in March 2009 there are two elements lacking:

i/ A breakdown of how long those held for over a year have been held. The published statistics don't for example reassure me no one has been held for more than three years, or alert me to the fact there are apparently individuals who have been held for over eighteen months, or over two years. (http://www.theyworkforyou.com/wrans/?id=...)

ii/ The published statistics do not provide any insight into the causes of the delays.

I expect the minister (http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id... relying on the line in the report which states : "A total of 4,035 people (held solely under Immigration Act powers) were removed from the UK upon leaving detention in Q1 2009, 8 per cent higher than in Q1 2008 (3,740)."

Two points don't make a trend, had Q4 2008 (4,195) been chosen the comparator or included as an additional point the statistics would appear to me not to show the "significant" "trend" claimed by the minister. Perhaps there is a "significant" "trend" which is apparent from other statistics it is those I have requested.

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I have written to my MP citing this FOI request:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/oakington-immig...

Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

Dear Richard Taylor

Thank you for your recent e-mail concerning the above matter. Your request
is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
and we will respond shortly.

Kind Regards

                UKBA

FOI Team

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Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

Dear Richard Taylor,

Thank you for your below email. This falls to be dealt with under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The information that you have asked for, statistics on length of
detention and numbers of removals, is already accessible to you as it is
already in the public domain. It can be accessed on the Research and
Development Statistical website (RDS). The statistics are contained
within the Immigration and Asylum Statistics and are published
quarterly.

Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act absolves UKBA as part of
the Home Office from any duty that it would otherwise have to supply you
with this information on the grounds that it is already in the public
domain. However, should you have any difficulties in accessing this
information through the means listed above please do not hesitate to
contact me again quoting the reference number 12063.

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Paul Feakins,
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Richard Taylor

Dear Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ),

Your Ref: 12063

Many thanks for your reply, however I am seeking more detailed information than is available in the published statistics.

The published statistics lump all those who have been held for over one year together. They can't, for example, reassure me no one has been held for more than three years, or alert me to the fact there are apparently individuals who have been held for over eighteen months, or over two years. Do you hold such more detailed information?

You have not addressed my query regarding the reasons for delays at all. I am seeking statistics which will enable me to see, for example, how many people are being held because the UK doesn't consider their country of origin safe to deport them to. I would like to see a breakdown of how long those in this situation have been held for.

I am interested in knowing how many individuals the UK believes has been "disowned" by their own countries and therefore cannot be deported to the countries we think they are from? I would also like to see a breakdown of how long those in this situation have been held for.

I am asking for statistics which would reveal what other general reasons there are which are resulting in individuals being detained for long periods of time while awaiting deportation or awaiting decisions on their immigration status?

None of this, in my view critical, information appears to me to be in the published statistics. If you can confirm the Home Office does not hold any statistics with greater fidelity than the published quarterly reports to which you have referred me, that would in itsself be an informative response to my request.

As I made clear in my initial request I am not seeking personal information about individuals.

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ), Home Office

Dear Richard Taylor,

Thank you for your below email. We will respond shortly to the matters
you have raised.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Feakins,
Freedom of Information Team

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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

The published statistics also do not include those held in prisons or in police cells.

There is another FOI request which has been made via WhatDoTheyKnow asking about those immigration detainees held in prisons:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/im...

A recent FOI request to Cambridgeshire Police revealed that they were paid almost £250,000 in 2008 for accommodating immigration detainees:

http://www.cambs.police.uk/about/foi/dis...

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor

Dear Freedom Of Information Team ( IND ),

Your Ref: 12063

I would like to make an additional comment relating to my freedom of information request for: "Statistics on those Detained Awaiting Immigration Decisions or Deportation"; full details of which can be viewed online at:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/12...

I would like to point out that the published information you have referred me to in your initial response does not cover immigration detainees held in prisons or in police cells. The wording of my request did not limit my enquiry to those held in immigration detention/reception/removal centres.

Many thanks,

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Blog which mentions this request (under "Immigrants Held In Police Cells" heading):

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/cambridgeshire-...

Goggin David, Home Office

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Dear Mr Taylor,

 

Please find attached our response to your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

Regards

 

David Goggin

 

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