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Undocumented Migrants: Financial Services

Question for Home Office

UIN HL2475, tabled on 24 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals have been identified as being unlawfully resident in the UK as a result of status checks undertaken by banks and building societies under the terms of the Immigration Act 2014.

Answered on

6 November 2017

These measures only apply to disqualified persons. These are known illegal migrants who are liable for removal or deportation from the UK. The Home Office does not comment on numbers on the disqualified persons list as it is subject to change based on immigration status.

Under the 2014 Act, banks and building societies are not required to inform the Home Office or the FCA when they refuse to open a current account for a disqualified person; a statutory reporting requirement would impose a disproportionate regulatory burden on industry.

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