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Almost 4,000 foreign offenders on streets after dodging deportation

More than 5,000 foreign criminals who should have been deported remain in the UK, including almost 4,000 who are free on the streets, according to new figures.

A report by the UK Border Agency calls for a reduction in the number of deportation decisions that are overturned and an end to the cycle of appeals that bump up the cost to taxpayers but still fail to see offenders deported.
The call comes after Home Secretary Theresa May said she wanted to change the rules that prevent foreign inmates from being deported once they have served their prison sentence because it would breach their human rights. The real problem lay with the way the British courts interpreted the law, she said, adding that the right to a family life was not “absolute” and could not be allowed to “drive a coach and horses through our immigration system”.
John Vine, the independent chief inspector of the UKBA, said the number of foreign criminals who are not deported or cannot be deported at the end of their sentence was increasing. “More must be done to actively manage these cases – they represent a growing cost to the taxpayer and cannot be ignored,” he said.
Inspectors found that 3,775 foreign former prisoners who should have been deported had been released from custody and were living in the community. More than 1,600 others remained in detention, having completed their prison sentence.
The report found “significant disparity” between the UKBA’s and the courts’ interpretation of whether a foreign prisoner should be able to remain in the UK on human rights grounds.

Almost 4,000 foreign offenders on streets after dodging deportation

More than 5,000 foreign criminals who should have been deported remain in the UK, including almost 4,000 who are free on the streets, according to new figures.

A report by the UK Border Agency calls for a reduction in the number of deportation decisions that are overturned and an end to the cycle of appeals that bump up the cost to taxpayers but still fail to see offenders deported.

The call comes after Home Secretary Theresa May said she wanted to change the rules that prevent foreign inmates from being deported once they have served their prison sentence because it would breach their human rights. The real problem lay with the way the British courts interpreted the law, she said, adding that the right to a family life was not “absolute” and could not be allowed to “drive a coach and horses through our immigration system”.

John Vine, the independent chief inspector of the UKBA, said the number of foreign criminals who are not deported or cannot be deported at the end of their sentence was increasing. “More must be done to actively manage these cases – they represent a growing cost to the taxpayer and cannot be ignored,” he said.

Inspectors found that 3,775 foreign former prisoners who should have been deported had been released from custody and were living in the community. More than 1,600 others remained in detention, having completed their prison sentence.

The report found “significant disparity” between the UKBA’s and the courts’ interpretation of whether a foreign prisoner should be able to remain in the UK on human rights grounds.

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