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Home Office in the media blog - Thursday 20 September 2018

Today's Home Office related stories include a report by Migration Watch on the number of illegal migrants in the UK.

Home Office in the media

Migration Watch report on illegal migrants

The Mail, Sun, Express and Star report on findings by Migration Watch, which claims that the number of illegal migrants in the UK is rising by 70,000 a year.

The papers report that the figure includes foreigners who have over-stayed visas, failed asylum seekers and migrants who have come into the UK in the back of lorries. The Mail says it is believed the total number of illegal immigrants in the country stands at more than a million, but says that that publicly the Home Office insists it is impossible to give an accurate figure for people living here unlawfully.

A Home Office quote is carried in the coverage and can be found below.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

“We do not recognise the estimate provided by Migration Watch UK. By its very nature, it is not possible to estimate with any confidence the size of the illegal population.

“We are committed to reducing the size of the illegal population. When someone has no leave to remain in the UK, we expect them to leave the country voluntarily. Where they do not, we will seek to enforce their departure. This includes foreign criminals of whom we have returned more than 44,500 since 2010.”

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