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Independent Chief Inspector publishes reports on Home Office's management of those liable for removal from UK

Date of Publication: 
3 November 2017
Summary: 

Inspector of Borders and Immigration releases two new reports, finds people and processes under strain

Independent Chief Inspector publishes reports on Home Office's management of those liable for removal from UK

03 November 2017
EIN

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration released two new reports yesterday.

The first report examines the efficiency and effectiveness of the Home Office's Reporting and Offender Management (ROM) system, focusing on its understanding and management of individuals notified of their liability for detention and removal from the UK. It also looks at the implementation of policy and guidance relating to absconders (individuals who have failed to report and whose whereabouts are unknown).

You can read the 44-page report here.

The second report examines the Home Office's management of non-detained Foreign National Offenders (FNOs) towards their removal from the UK. The report looks in particular at the actions taken by the Home Office since 2016, following the creation of an improvement plan to address identified failings.

The 40-page report is here.

The Independent Chief Inspector said for both reports, he found "people and processes under strain".

The Telegraph highlighted that the Chief Inspector found the Home Office had 'lost' 56,000 foreigners liable for deportation - including convicted criminals.

The Guardian said that the reports revealed that more than 140,000 people, including 60,000 declared as "absconders", have been told by UK immigration authorities that they face detention and removal from Britain.

Free Movement noted that the Chief Inspector found the Government's "hostile environment" policy was backfiring and actually making it more difficult for the Home Office to keep track of foreign national offenders and could even push up crime.