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Migrants: Detainees

Question for Home Office

UIN 47658, tabled on 10 October 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much compensation her Department paid for the unlawful detention of individuals under immigration powers in each of the last three financial years; for what categories of reason such compensation was paid; and how many such payments were made for each such category of reason.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

19 October 2016

Our records indicate that over the past 3 financial years (covering 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15), that a total of £13.8 million has been paid out to 573 claimants, as per the below table. All of whom were paid compensation following a period of unlawful detention.

Financial Year

Total Unlawful Detention Compensation payments (£ million)

Number of claimants for the last 3 financial years

FY 2012-13

£ 5.0


FY 2013-14

£ 4.8


FY 2014-15

£ 4.0


Caveat to provided data: This is provisional management information that is subject to change. It has not been assured to the standard of Official Statistics.

Answered by

Home Office
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