Removability & Cooperation
The consequences for an individual of being unable to obtain travel documents are wide-ranging and serious, whether or not they are detained. They can include:
- Criminal charges where non-cooperation with the travel document procedure is alleged by the UK Border Agency
- Perception of an increased risk of absconding, especially for individuals who are appeal rights exhausted
- Ineligibility for voluntary return packages or withdrawal of offers
- Ineligibility for early removal schemes for foreign national prisoners
- Destitution for people in receipt of asylum support
These pages include detailed information on possible steps to take to demonstrate a co-operation with the documentation process through a sustained effort to obtain a travel document, and information on the relationship between the absence of a travel document and statelessness.