Offenders: Foreign Nationals

Home Office written question – answered on 2nd March 2015.

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Photo of Ian Davidson Ian Davidson Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee, Chair, Scottish Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department has taken to develop and standardise its approach to Foreign National Offenders casework since May 2010.

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

Holding answer received on 27 February 2015

Last year, this Government removed 5,097 foreign national offenders, and wehave removed over 22,000 FNOs since 2010.

The Government introduced the Immigration Act (2014) which allows us to serve quick decisions, earlier in the process. It places the emphasis on the foreign criminal giving us information at the outset. This is a fundamental change in the process and we have already removed over 500 foreign national offenders underthe 'deport now, appeal later' provisions of the Act.

The Act also introduced new powers to prevent criminals using family life arguments to delay their deportation.

We have also introduced Operation Nexus which is a joint initative between Immigration Enforcement and police forces. Nexus identifies offenders that are foreign nationals at the point of arrest and allows Immigration Enforcement to consider those criminals for administrative removal or deportation. This has contributed to the removal of over 3,200 individuals so far.

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