Immigration Enforcement was set up on 1 April 2012. It is responsible for preventing abuse, tracking immigration offenders and increasing compliance with immigration law. It works with partners such as the police to regulate migration in line with government policy, while supporting economic growth.
Immigration Enforcement staff work in the UK and overseas, including air and sea ports. We work across government and with employers, the voluntary sector and others to maximise compliance with the immigration rules.
Immigration Enforcement’s vision is to reduce the size of the illegal population and the harm it causes.
This vision is supported by 3 core objectives to:
- prevent migrants from entering the UK illegally and overstaying
- deal with threats associated with immigration offending
- encourage and enforce the return of illegal migrants from the UK
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