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FOI 5616 We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following: The question relates to the Voluntary Assisted…

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FOI 5616

We have received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the following:

The question relates to the Voluntary Assisted Return Scheme, the Voluntary Assisted Return and Repatriation Scheme, the Return to Afghanistan Programme and the Assisted Voluntary Return for Irregular Migrant’s programme and any similar schemes.

  1. Can you explain each scheme - what an immigrant requires to be eligible, how those repatriated benefit, when the scheme was introduced etc

  2. For each year since the schemes began, including this year (or the latest 12 month period for which you have figures), can you give figures for the following. For each can you give a breakdown according to nationality.

How many people were sent home under the schemes
How many returned or tried to return to UK after taking advantage of the schemes and how many of these allowed to stay
How many have used or tried to use one of the schemes more than once. How many were actually allowed to make use of it again. If not were they allowed to stay in UK
How much it cost for the various schemes. Please can you break down, if possible, according to cost of air fares, cash gifts, benefits (ie education or training)

  1. What is the average cost to the UK Government of each failed asylum seeker or illegal immigrant before they are deported - for example cost of tracking down, processing claim, keeping in detention centre etc.

Date: Tue Feb 06 00:00:00 GMT 2007

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