Operation Vaken: evaluation report - October 2013

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Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
31 October 2013
Minority Groups
Social welfare
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Operation Vaken was a communications pilot developed to test the hypothesis that people without leave to remain in the UK would depart voluntarily if they were made aware that: 1) there was a near and present danger of their being arrested; 2) the voluntary departure route was explained as an option; and 3) safe routes of approaching the Home Office for assistance were provided, without the fear of arrest.

The pilot took place between 22 July and 22 August 2013 in six London boroughs. It included a number of communications techniques, such as mobile billboards highlighting the risk of arrest, postcards in shop windows, adverts in newspapers, leaflets and posters advertising immigration surgeries in faith/charity group buildings. The proactive communications phase ceased on 22 August. The pilot continued until 22 October to provide a three month period to allow for Emergency Travel Documents to be obtained and completion of the voluntary departure process for some of the nationalities encountered. As of 22 October 2013, there had been 60 voluntary departures which we believe can be directly attributed to Operation Vaken. The report also identifies a further 65 cases that are currently being progressed to departure.

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