UK to change rules to deport foreign criminals?

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 16:24

London: Faced with the inability to deport
foreign criminals on grounds of human rights, Britain is likely to change immigration rules so that such individuals do not take recourse to an individual`s "right to family life"
under human rights rules to stay in the country.

Home secretary Theresa May, has made known her opposition
to Article Eight in the European Convention on Human Rights
that enables foreign nationals who commit crime in Britain to
avoid deportation on the ground that they have set up a family
in the country.

May is reported to be examining how to make clear in the
immigration rules that a foreign national can be deported when
they have been convicted of a criminal offence, breached
immigration rules, set up a family life while in the UK
illegally, chosen Britain as their country of residence or
are unable to support themselves financially.
Prime Minister David Cameron said in an interview, "The
problem here is that there are foreign criminals in Britain,
people sometimes actually who still threaten our country or
could threaten our country.

We are unable to deport them because they appeal to
the courts under Article Eight of this charter, which is the
right to a family life".

He added, "You are able to change the immigration
rules and ask them to look more carefully about the danger
these individuals pose.

The right to a family life is not an inalienable
right in the European convention so I believe this change will
work.

It is not the whole solution to the problem but it is
a good start."

He added, "And you are able to change the immigration
rules and ask them to look more carefully about the danger
these individual pose. The right to family life is not an
inalienable right in the European Convention, so we believe
this change can work."

At the Conservative party conference in Manchester
today, May is expected to announce her plans to stop foreign
criminals from abusing the human rights rules to avoid deportation on the ground of an individual`s "right to family
life".
Last year there were 102 successful appeals against deportation on human rights grounds which cited Article Eight.

The Article, which ensures the right to a family
life, has been cited by some foreign criminals fighting
expulsion from Britain.

Many foreign criminals have avoided deportation by
claiming that because they have partners or children in the
UK, being thrown out of the country would infringe their
rights under Article Eight.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 16:22

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