LONDON, July 27, 2021 - Britain Morning Star newspaper is reporting that the British Home Office has again begun detaining Jamaican nationals, this time, for a deportation flight next month.
According to the Morning Star, those thought to be earmarked for the charter flight – the first to the island since December 2020, when 13 people were removed – include a man who has lived in Britain since the age of 11.
This is despite an arrangement between the Home Office and the Jamaican High Commission to not deport anyone on the December flight who had come to Britain under the age of 12.
Karen Doyle, from migrant rights group Movement for Justice, said the man was detained last Thursday, suggesting that another Jamaica flight is imminent.
“These charter flights are publicity stunts and they are preparation for the Borders Bill,” Ms Doyle told the Morning Star, referring to the Tories’ new legislation which seeks to massively increase detention and deportations. “It’s pure theatre, to drive through their far-right anti-immigrant agenda.
“They are going after people who have been here in many cases since decades, people who came as children.”
Yesterday, the Guardian reported that figures suggest that the Home Office is more likely to deport people who have committed crimes if they come from Jamaica, Nigeria and Ghana, according to the Guardian, though the Home Office has denied that it targets specific countries.
The data which the Guardian obtained from the British Home office “following a yearlong freedom of information battle,” indicate that “nationals from Ghana and Nigeria are also removed significantly more often than the overall average.
Under the UK Borders Act 2007, non-British citizens who have been jailed for a single offence for at least 12 months will normally be considered for deportation on their release, with exceptions under human rights rules – for example, having children in the UK, and for people who have been trafficked.
People from the European Union countries are not covered by the act, and hence are not eligible for deportation.
The Guardian reported that an average of 65 percent of people who served a such a sentence were removed. But for people from Jamaica this number increases to 75 per cent, despite many having families in Britain. For Nigerian and Ghanaian nationals, the figure was even higher, at 90 and 76 per cent respectively.