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Kenyan nationals working in Jersey (FOI)

Kenyan nationals working in Jersey (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 17 March 2022.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


I am trying to find the correct figures for the number of Kenyans who are on hospitality work permits, as well as finance, and health care nurses and doctors, (and also the total number of Kenyans in Jersey, all working and taxable pensionable Kenyans), maybe a five year period to present.


Between 01 January 2017 and 31 December 2022, 431 work permits were issued to Kenyan Nationals.  This does not mean there are 431 Kenyan Nationals currently in Jersey. As large number of the work permits are repeat issues i.e., the worker has come back each year from 2017 to 2022.  Work permits are restricted to nine months in Jersey, after which the worker must leave the Common Travel Area for three months before being allowed to return.


Hotel & catering / Seasonal Hospitality Worker


Other (excludes healthcare)


























Where numbers are fewer than five, disclosure control has been applied to prevent identification of individuals. Article 25 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has therefore been applied.

There is no record of any work permits being issued to Kenyan nationals involved in health care. The information requested is not held and Article 3 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 applies.

With regards to the current number of Kenyan Nationals in Jersey, this would require examination of several hundred individual records to provide an exact figure and it is estimated that this would take more than the prescribed 12.5 hours to do that work.  Article 16 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 therefore applies.

Article applied

Article 3 - Meaning of "information held by a public authority"

For the purposes of this Law, information is held by a public authority if –

(a)     it is held by the authority, otherwise than on behalf of another person; or

(b)     it is held by another person on behalf of the authority.

Article 16 - A scheduled public authority may refuse to supply information if cost excessive

A scheduled public authority that has been requested to supply information may refuse to supply the information if it estimates that the cost of doing so would exceed an amount determined in the manner prescribed by Regulations.

Article 25 - Personal information

(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018.

(2) Information is absolutely exempt information if –

(a) it constitutes personal data of which the applicant is not the data subject as defined in the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018; and

(b) its supply to a member of the public would contravene any of the data protection principles, as defined in that Law.


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