Ahead of the new year, Home Secretary James Cleverly said the government was not yet in discussions with an airline to fly migrants to Rwanda.
Border Force Chief Phil Douglas was talking to LBC about how the Border Force conducts outbound checks during Christmas time when he mentioned the incidents.
He said: “We do outbound checks on people to certain flights that are prevalent.
“We do find a lot of people who have claimed asylum in this country and are heading back to their home country for holidays which obviously isn’t allowed.”
Chief Douglas’ comments came as Home Secretary James Cleverly claimed that some people coming to the UK are economic migrants.
Mr Cleverly said the UK had always been “a very generous country to…people who are genuinely seeking protection from persecution, from war, from violence”.
He added that the government recognised there were a lot of people who were “fundamentally economic migrants” and to them, his message was that if they came here illegally they would be sent home.
Despite this external investment, no migrants have yet been sent to Rwanda.
He said he would fight hard against anyone who tried to stop recent legislation from going through. He warned: “I’m very proud of what we did in that initial drafting. So we think we’re pretty much there.
“But the whole point of the parliamentary process is for people to feed in their ideas, feed in their amendments, feed in their thoughts.
“What I’ve always said is attempts like Keir Starmer’s stunt to try and kill off the bill before it even started progressing through the house. We will very robustly defend ourselves against that.”