We received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) for the following:
Please provide information concerning the number of people who have benefited from assisted voluntary return schemes and are subsequently found to have come back to the U.K.
- In each of the five calendar years 2001-2005 (or financial years 2000/01 - 2004/05) how many asylum seekers, failed asylum seekers or others with no legal basis of stay in the U.K. received financial help, or help in kind, to return to their country of origin under each of the following assisted voluntary return schemes:
a. Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme.
b. Assisted Voluntary Return of Irregular Migrants.
c. Return to Afghanistan Programme
- The total value of financial assistance, or else the average value of financial assistance to each successful applicant (or both), under each scheme in each year.
We released the following information on:
Date: Fri Apr 21 00:00:00 BST 2006