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Deportation Written Answer, 28/04/14 [E/NI/S/W]

Written Answer given in the House of Commons on 28 April 2014 in response to Sarah Teather's (LD) question asking the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied migrant children have been forcibly removed to another country in each of the last five years.

The Minister of State for Security and Immigration, James Brokenshire, replied that no unaccompanied child under the age of 18 can be forcibly removed from the UK unless adequate care and reception arrangements are in place in their country of origin. The difficulty of setting up suitable reception arrangements has meant that, with the exception of transfers to other European Union countries under the Dublin Regulations, the Home Office does not routinely enforce the return of unaccompanied children to any country. The majority of unaccompanied children whose asylum claims are rejected are granted temporary leave which is reviewed when they reach 17 and a half years of age. It is believed that the vast majority of enforced returns of unaccompanied children undertaken between 2006 and 2010 were transfers under the Dublin Regulations.

For full details see the House of Commons Hansard 28 April 2014 which is available from the UK Parliament website.

Further Information

House of Commons Hansard 28 April 2014