Pressure mounts on Britain to grant citizenship to descendants of deported Chagos Islanders

Pressure is growing on the British government to reverse a “historic injustice” and grant citizenship to the descendants of a group forcibly deported from their home islands to make way for a US military base in the 1970s. The UK deported around 2,000 people from the Chagos Islands for the construction of the Diego GarciaContinue reading “Pressure mounts on Britain to grant citizenship to descendants of deported Chagos Islanders”

Ombudsman finds Legal Aid Agency guilty of maladministration after rough sleepers fighting deportation order faced delays in funding for representation

A law centre charity was forced to self-fund its challenges to the deportation of three rough sleepers due to “severe failings” that led to a delay in funding from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), an investigation from the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has found. The Ombudsman said the failings resulted in one government bodyContinue reading “Ombudsman finds Legal Aid Agency guilty of maladministration after rough sleepers fighting deportation order faced delays in funding for representation”

Deporting ‘foreign criminals’ in the middle of the night doesn’t make us safer

Look at modern British history, and you’ll find that the “criminal” and the “immigrant” blur into one another in popular and official thinking. In Victorian England, crime was often blamed on Irish immigrants (“dangerous classes” were labelled with the Irish-derived name “hooligans”), and then on Jews from eastern Europe. These narratives neatly anticipated the wayContinue reading “Deporting ‘foreign criminals’ in the middle of the night doesn’t make us safer”

Jamaica calls for deportation flight from UK to be halted over Covid fears

The Jamaican government has called on the Home Office to halt a controversial deportation flight to the island nation scheduled to leave on Wednesday due to concerns over “importing” the Delta variant of Covid, the Guardian has learned. A flight was scheduled to take off from Birmingham airport but is now due to take offContinue reading “Jamaica calls for deportation flight from UK to be halted over Covid fears”

Government strikes deal to remove more Albanian prisoners

More Albanian criminals will be removed from the UK and transferred from prisons in England and Wales after Ministers signed a new agreement today (Monday 26 July). Deal agreed to remove more Albanian offenders from the UK There will be no early release after transfer, as prisoners will serve their full sentence in Albania RemovedContinue reading “Government strikes deal to remove more Albanian prisoners”

Priti Patel signs deal to remove Albanian criminals and unsuccessful asylum seekers from UK more quickly

Albanian nationals make up the largest number of foreign national offenders in UK prisons, totalling 16% of the foreign national offenders (FNO) population. Data released by the Home Office shows the government has removed 254 Albanian criminals from the UK since April, alongside 85 Albanian nationals without legal status to remain in the country. ReadContinue reading “Priti Patel signs deal to remove Albanian criminals and unsuccessful asylum seekers from UK more quickly”

Zimbabweans deported by Britain arrive at Harare airport

“The deportations are ongoing. It’s only that the U.K. had temporarily halted them at some point but deportations are not unique. Some of these people committed crimes such as murder and rape so the U.K. or any other country has a right to deport them,” he said. He said, as an example, more than 200Continue reading “Zimbabweans deported by Britain arrive at Harare airport”