Deportation: Offenders

Home Department written question – answered on 13th May 2014.

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Photo of David Hanson David Hanson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was between a deportation order being made on a foreign national offender and their deportation in each year since 2010.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Minister of State (Home Office) (Security and Immigration)

The average length of time between a deportation order being made on a foreign national offender and their deportation in each year since 2010 is as follows: 143 days in 2010, 148 days in 2011, 174 days in 2012 and 187 days in 2013.

The increase in average time taken is driven mainly by serving more deportation orders earlier in the process, sometimes up to 27 months before sentence end date, to enable removal to take place as early as possible within the early removal scheme (ERS) period. The by-product of starting the deportation process earlier is that we have to wait longer to enforce a person’s removal, which artificially inflates the view on the average time taken to deport.

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