Shocking Figures Revealed: Failure to Deport Illegal Immigrants and Foreign Criminals


Plummeting Numbers

Startling figures have exposed the Government's inability to remove illegal immigrants and foreign criminals, even when they express a desire to return to their home countries. According to Labour analysis, the number of migrants sent home after requesting deportation has dropped by 40% in the past decade.

Challenges Faced

Despite the Voluntary Returns Service offering assistance to migrants without the right to stay in the UK who wish to go back home, the Home Office has seen a significant decrease in removals processed, from 31,762 in 2010 to 19,253 last year. Labour attributes this decline to Government "chaos" rather than a decrease in requests.

Labour's Criticism

During a recent debate in the Commons, Labour MP Jessica Morden highlighted the case of a convicted sex offender who has been waiting for over three years to be deported to Iraq, despite offering to fund his own flight. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper criticized the Home Office's delays, attributing the situation to chaos and incompetence within the department under the Conservative government.

Government's Response

A source close to Home Secretary James Cleverly dismissed Labour's criticism as "rank hypocrisy," pointing out that Labour has consistently opposed Conservative measures to control immigration and secure borders. The Home Office defended its record, stating that removal numbers have been on the rise, with a 74% increase in voluntary and enforced returns between 2022 and 2023.

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