This is the fifth successive quarter for which the number of persons removed or departed voluntarily from the UK was lower than a year earlier. The change appears to be primarily due to fewer non-asylum cases refused entry at port and subsequently removed. Within the total number of persons removed or departing voluntarily in Q3 2010, there were 2,450 persons (including dependants) who had claimed asylum (19 per cent lower than in Q3 2009) and 12,240 non-asylum cases (17 per cent lower than in Q3 2009).
Of those removed or departing voluntarily in Q3 2010, 4,675 persons were initially refused entry at port (40 per cent lower than in Q3 2009), 5,125 were enforced removals and notified voluntary departures (1 per cent higher than in Q3 2009), 1,250 persons left under Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes (3 per cent lower than in Q3 2009), and 3,640 were other voluntary departures (2 per cent higher than in Q3 2009).
Based on management information, 1,330 foreign national prisoners were removed in Q3 2010 compared with 1,410 in Q3 2009.
DEPORTATIONS/REMOVALS TOP 10 DESTINATION COUNTRIES
Persons entering detention
A total of 6,780 people entered detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers in Q3 2010, 5 per cent lower than in Q3 2009 (7,110). Of these, 3,305 (49 per cent of the total) were asylum detainees, 21 per cent lower than in Q3 2009 (4,170). * Of the 6,780 people entering detention in Q3 2010, 4,440 (66 per cent of the total) entered UK Border Agency Removal Centres and 2,335 (34 per cent of the total) entered UK Border Agency Short Term Holding Facilities.
35 children entered detention, held solely under Immigration Act powers in Q3 2010, 89 per cent lower than in Q3 2009 (320). Of these 35, 20 were asylum detainees, 89 per cent lower than in Q3 2009 (205).
Of the 6,780 people who entered detention in Q3 2010, 6,690 entered once, 40 entered twice and less than 3 entered three times during the quarter.
Of the 6,780 people who entered detention in Q3 2010: 6,165 entered for the first time; 505 entered for the second time; 60 entered for the third time and 5 entered for the fourth or more times since January 2009, the earliest recording point in this dataset.
A total of 2,890 persons were detained solely under Immigration Act powers, the highest since these data first became available (2001).
Of the 2,860 people detained, 1,140 had been in detention for less than 29 days, 525 for between 29 days and two months, 470 for between two and four months, 195 for between four and six months, 300 for between six months and a year, and 260 for over a year.
Persons leaving detention
A total of 6,675 people, who had been held solely under Immigration Act powers, left detention in Q3 2010. Of these, 4,325 persons were removed from the UK, 1,815 were granted temporary admission/release, 420 were bailed, 35 were granted