“Foreign National Offenders”: Not All Foreigners Who Commit Crimes Deserve to Be Deported

  • Jonathan Collinson

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Period14 Jun 2021

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  • Title“Foreign National Offenders”: Not All Foreigners Who Commit Crimes Deserve to Be Deported
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletRefugee Law Initiative Blog
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThis blog forms part of a series of blog posts responding to the UK Home Office’s New Plan for Immigration. It highlights how ever harsher measures aimed at foreign national offenders are out of step with public opinion, which is more forgiving of foreign nationals who commit crimes than might be expected.

    Drawing on two academic articles I have (co-)authored on the subject, this blog post outlines two possible reforms to deportation law which would address some of the most harsh consequences of existing and proposed policy. The first is a way to ‘suspend’ deportation orders for a year to give foreign national offenders an opportunity to rebuild their lives in the UK and demonstrate that they are not a reoffending risk. The second, authored with Professor John Eekelaar, would be to either (a) exempt from deportation all foreign national offenders who arrived in the UK as children, or (b) exempt those who would be a British citizen but for the fact that they missed out on citizenship because they were a child when they first qualified for citizenship.
    PersonsJonathan Collinson