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Immigration enforcement

Controlling migration is a key priority for the Home Office. It spends around £400 million per year on its Immigration Enforcement directorate of almost 5,000 staff. Immigration Enforcement’s vision is to reduce the size of the illegal population and the harm it causes. This vision is supported by three core objectives to:

  • prevent migrants from entering the UK illegally and overstaying;
  • deal with threats associated with immigration offending; and
  • encourage and enforce the return of illegal migrants from the UK.

This study will examine whether the Home Office manages its immigration enforcement activity in a way that delivers value for money and helps it to deliver on its vision. We will look at: whether the Home Office has a clear vision and strategy for immigration enforcement that feeds through to its work on the frontline; how it manages its enforcement activity; and how effectively it deals with individual cases.