Whilst the Home Office is wallowing in its own disfunction the result of the criminal activities of those foreigners whether legally or illegally in this country is almost as chaotic as the Ministry of Justice then becomes involved. Of its 77K workers the press office of that department of state must be among the largest in Whitehall. Rarely ten days pass without an announcement of further good intentions. The latest such offering is available here. Is there anyone reading this who does not know that beginning 2010 with 23.8% sliced from its budget that the MOJ has been starved of enough funds so much so that law `n order by any interpretation has been financially butchered from the numbers of police to the failure of the prison system with courts, legal aid and probation falling by the wayside. That recent statement above from the Secretary of State refers mainly to the probation and prison services both of which were mangled beyond belief by the worst, most inept cabinet minister in post war history half a decade ago. When it comes to return of foreign prisoners to their countries of origin it seems the two departments of state collide. The latest document i.e. the rule book from the National Offender Management Service is available here. Personally I recollect a single occasion when unusually an offender had in my opinion transgressed such that he was eligible to be deported. The official channels through which we as a bench made the information as appropriate blocked us at every turn. On 26th July with more fanfare from the MOJ a statement on the return of Albanian prisoners was released. It remains to be seen how effective is this agreement. Current figures for Albanians and others returned from British prisons are below.
There is no doubt that there are considerable obstacles to be overcome when this task is to be considered however much the Daily Mail seeks to blow the MOJ trumpet. Here is a brief summary. Considering the government`s record I don`t think we should be too hopeful.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/immigration-enforcement-data-august-2020 (Table FNO_09 in Transparency data Immigration Enforcement data: August 2020, provides the numbers of foreign nationals removed under the Early Removal Scheme every year since 2010 but that there is no published data that breaks down these numbers by nationality or offence type).
FNOs repatriated under EUPTFD convicted of human trafficking or modern slavery offences
FNOs repatriated under CoE Convention convicted of human trafficking or modern slavery offences
FNOs repatriated under bilateral PTAs convicted of human trafficking or modern slavery offences
All five prisoners repatriated under the EUPTFD were EEA nationals.
Climate change and the millions of people being forcibly displaced by warring factions are certain to further increase the pressures on western societies from legal and illegal migrants seeking a peaceful and economically better life. This country`s problems are the world`s in microcosm. From Arizona to Antalya the trouble is not going to go away. The test for us is how to handle it.