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Pupil data shared with Home Office to ‘create hostile environment’ for illegal migrants

Dec 17, 2016 by

Department for Education has agreement to share information of up to 1,500 children a month with Home Office

Education officials have an agreement to share the personal details of up to 1,500 schoolchildren a month with the Home Office to “create a hostile environment” in schools for illegal migrants, a newly released document has revealed.

The agreement, which has been in place since June 2015, is outlined in a memorandum of understanding between the Department for Education (DfE) and the Home Office that was released on Thursday after several organisations made a freedom of information request.

It says: “Where it is suspected that an [immigration offence] has been, or is being committed, the DfE will [share] their data with the HO [Home Office] to assist in the process of identifying potential new contact details (including addresses) for the individual(s) and their family members.”

Later, it adds that the “strategic aims” of the data sharing include re-establishing contact with families the Home Office has lost contact with, to reduce the population of illegal migrants, and to “create a hostile environment for those who seek to benefit from the abuse of immigration control.”.

The memorandum passed to the Guardian, which the DfE said was the latest agreement, says the department would share pupils’ names, recent addresses, school and some attendance records, including earliest and latest attendance dates. That data is collected through the annual school’s census and collated in the national pupil database.

Martha Spurrier, the director of Liberty, said: “This isn’t a data-sharing agreement – it is a secret government programme that turns the Department for Education into a border control force with an explicit aim to create a hostile environment in schools and assist with mass deportation of innocent children and their families. This has Theresa May’s fingerprints all over it.”

Source: Pupil data shared with Home Office to ‘create hostile environment’ for illegal migrants | UK news | The Guardian

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