Deportation: Jamaica

Home Office written question – answered on 5th March 2020.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will suspend charter flights to Jamaica pending the publication of the Windrush lessons learned review.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to resume charter flights for the involuntary repatriation of people to Jamaica.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The planned Home Office charter flight to Jamaica is specifically for removing foreign national offenders with deportation orders in place. The Government, as obliged by law, has continued to remove foreign national offenders to Jamaica, some on charters and some on scheduled flights. It is incorrect to make a connection between these cases and Windrush.

Many of those have been convicted of very serious crimes – rape, attempted murder, sexual activity with a child and GBH.

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