Skip to main content

Undocumented Migrants: Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

Question for Home Office

UIN 151212, tabled on 31 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) removed for entering the UK illegally via the Ireland and Northern Ireland land border in each of the past five years.

Answered on

19 April 2022


2017- 3

2018 - 5

2019 - 32

2020 - 2

2021 -15

2022 - 2

B) We do not hold the data to the level of granularity required and therefore it would be cost-prohibitive to supply it. Data on returns activity is published quarterly and the latest figures can be found at How many people are detained or returned? - GOV.UK ( Returns information is not published to a level of detail that enables identification of method of entry; and this could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Answered by

Home Office
Named day
Named day questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.