Deportation:Written question - 242845

Asked by Ian Lavery
Asked on: 09 April 2019
Home Office
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people deported in the last 12 months (a) had previously been a student in the UK, (b) were in the UK on a work visas and (c) were known to the Government.
Answered by: Caroline Nokes
Answered on: 11 April 2019

The latest published statistics on returns can be found on-line at

Deportations are a subset of enforced returns. They may occur either following a criminal conviction, or when it is judged that a person’s removal from the UK is conducive to the public good. Information on those deported is not separately available. Published statistics refer to enforced returns, which include deportations, as well as cases where a person has breached UK immigration laws, and those removed under other administrative and illegal entry powers who have declined to leave voluntarily. Most illegal immigrants are removed from the UK under administrative or illegal entry powers and not deported.

The Home Office does not hold the information requested centrally. Providing the information requested would require a trawl through Immigration databases, which could only be done at disproportionate cost.

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