1 April 2014

Frank Field (Birkenhead, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women who are victims of human trafficking are nationals of non-EEA countries have received return and reintegration assistance through the Assisted Voluntary Returns for Irregular Migrants programme since April 2011; and how much was so made available to those trafficked from (i) inside and (ii) outside the EU.

Karen Bradley (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department; Staffordshire Moorlands, Conservative)

16 victims of trafficking (one male, 15 female) have received financial assistance under the programme since April 2011.

While the Assisted Voluntary Return for Irregular Migrants (AVRIM) programme does not normally include financial assistance, a discretionary sum of up to £1000 is provided for specified vulnerable cases, and this includes victims of trafficking. Assisted Voluntary Return is only available to non-EEA nationals and the support is not dependent upon whether the individual has arrived from inside or outside the EU.

The figures provided are sourced from a Home Office management information system which is not quality assured under National Statistics protocols and is subject to change due to internal data quality checking. Figures provided from this source do not constitute part of National Statistics and should be treated as provisional.

(Citation: HC Deb, 1 April 2014, c615W)