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

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the preventative and early intervention measures trialled in the foreign national offenders action plan.

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

Holding answer received on 27 February 2015

This government is the first to have a strategy to remove foreign national

offenders.

Last year, this Government removed 5,097 foreign national offenders, and we

have removed over 22,000 FNOs since 2010. We have already removed over

500 foreign national offenders under the 'deport now, appeal later' provisions of the

Immigration Act which came into effect in July 2014. This is alongside FNOs

already being removed during their early removal scheme period. In 2013/14 we

removed more than 1,800 such FNOs.

Additionally we have introduced Operation Nexus, a joint endeavour between the

police and Immigration Enforcement officers, leading to the removal of over

3,200 individuals, joined the Schengen Information System (SIS II), extended

the use of checks of overseas criminal information and are working with the

Ministry of Justice to implement compulsory prisoner transfer agreements within

the EU.

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