Deportation: Jamaica

Home Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Stuart McDonald Stuart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the flight chartered to deport people to Jamaica in February 2019, if he will publish the (a) offences for which those people were deported, (b) date on which when they first arrived in the UK and (c) the age of those people when they first arrived in the UK.

Photo of Stuart McDonald Stuart McDonald Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Immigration, Asylum and Border Control)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the flight chartered to deport individuals to Jamaica in February 2019, how many people allocated to that flight had their deportation (a) postponed and (b) cancelled; and what the (i) offences committed by those people, (b) date on which which those people arrived in the UK and (c) age at which those people first arrived in the UK.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office does not routinely comment on individual case. However, on 6 February 2019, 29 serious foreign criminals were flown to Jamaica on a chartered flight. The crimes committed by the individuals include murder, rape and serious violence. The total combined sentence of their crimes is over 150 years imprisonment.

The law requires we seek to deport foreign nationals who abuse our hospitality by committing crimes in the UK. This ensures we keep the public safe.

None of the people on the flight were British citizens or members of the Windrush generation, who are exempt under section 7 of the Immigration Act 1971.

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