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Offenders: Deportation

Home Department written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national criminals were deported from the UK in each year since 2008.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

holding answer 12 July 2013

The Home Office seeks to deport from the UK foreign national offenders (FNOs) who meet the following criteria:

A court recommendation.

For non-EEA nationals—a custodial sentence of 12 months or more either in one sentence or as an aggregate of two or three sentences over a period of five years, or a custodial sentence of any length for a drug offence (other than possession).

For EEA nationals—a custodial sentence of 12 months or more for an offence involving drugs, violent or sexual crimes or a custodial sentence of 24 months or more for other offences.

The following table sets out the number of foreign national offenders removed or deported from the UK in each year of the last five years.

  Total number of FNOs removed by the Home Office
2008 5,395
2009 5,530
2010 5,342
2011 4,649
2012 4,589

The table includes foreign national offenders who do not meet the criteria set out above and are removed from the UK under Section 10(1) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. Section 10(1) relates to the removal of individuals unlawfully in the UK.

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