The latest report from the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, confirms that 4 out of 10 deportations of ‘foreign criminals’ are cancelled, often at public expense.

A major reason is the lack of security staff to accompany deportees on flights out of the UK. The Home Office is responsible for organising the flights and its inefficiency and incompetence are entirely to blame where deportations are cancelled for this reason.

A separate report suggests that the Home Office has lost contact with over 70,000 students after their entry to the UK.

The BBC has the story. The first report can be accessed here.

Posted by Ben Amunwa

Founder and editor of Ben is a commercial and public law barrister with The 36 Group. He gives expert legal advice on employment, public law and commercial disputes to a wide range of clients.


  1. […] Home Office successfully removing so many people, particularly when independent reports show that 4 out of 10 deportations are cancelled, mainly due to lack of staff (read: bureaucratic incompetence) and legal […]


  2. […] While around 4 out of 10 planned deportations are cancelled by the Home Office, the recent case of IT (Jamaica) v Secretary Of State For The Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 932 concerned an individual who was in fact deported in 2010, leaving his wife and child in the UK. The child was a UK citizen with special educational needs, a phobia of flying and had not been able to visit IT in Jamaica. […]


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