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Republic of Ireland: Deportation

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government under what regulations or laws individuals are deported to the Republic of Ireland; how many have been so deported in the past five years; and for what reasons.

Photo of Baroness Browning Baroness Browning Minister of State (Home Office)

On 19 February 2007 the then Immigration Minister decided that the public interest would not generally be served by the deportation of Irish nationals save in exceptional circumstances. Therefore, the criteria under which an Irish national may be considered for deportation are where:

a court recommends deportation in sentencing, orthe Secretary of State concludes that due to the exceptional circumstances of the case it would be conducive to the public good.

The table below sets out the number of deportations of Irish nationals each year from 2006.

Year Number of Irish Nationals Deported from the UK
2006 36
2007 18
2008 3
2009 0
2010 1

The exceptional circumstances for which an Irish national may be deported include where a person has been convicted of a terrorism offence, murder or a serious sexual or violent offence and is serving a sentence of 10 years or more. A breakdown of the reasons for deportation is not provided in this response due to the small number of individuals involved and to ensure that we comply with data protection rules.

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