Offenders: EU Nationals

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th April 2019.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many non-UK EU nationals received a prison sentence of (a) less than 12 months, (b) between 12 months and four years and (c) over four years in each of the last five years.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

Any foreign national who comes to our country and abuses our hospitality by breaking the law should be in no doubt of our determination to punish and deport them. More than 47,000 Foreign National Offenders have been removed from the UK since 2010, and in the financial year 2017/18 almost 6,000 were removed from prisons, immigration removal centres, and the community.

The table below shows the prison sentences for non-UK EU nationals, for the period 2014/18.

Sentenced prison admissions of non-UK EU nationals, by sentence length band for 2014 to 2018

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Total

5,779

5,246

4,912

4,163

3,946

Determinate sentences

Less than 12 months

3,467

3,362

2,975

2,404

2,245

12 months to less than 4 years

1,337

1,292

1,296

1,164

1,130

4 years or more

502

487

532

495

469

Indeterminate sentences

27

24

30

18

35

Other / Not Recorded

446

81

79

82

67

Data sources and quality The figures in these tables have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The data for 2015 onwards has been taken from a new data source; and this change has significantly reduced the number of 'other / not recorded' sentenced admissions.

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