Britain has struck a new deal with Pakistan, dubbed a “historic” deal, to rapidly deport Pakistani nationals without a legal right to stay in the UK.
The return agreement was signed by Home Secretary Priti Patel and Pakistani Home Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar and the country’s High Commissioner to the UK Moazzam Ahmad Khan in London on Wednesday.
The deal will target Pakistani criminals, failed asylum seekers, overstayed visas and immigration offenders to facilitate their return to their home countries.
“I am proud to have signed a historic new agreement with our Pakistani friends to return foreign criminals and immigration offenders from the UK to Pakistan,” Patel said.
“I make no apologies for deporting dangerous foreign criminals and immigration offenders who have no right to remain in the UK. The British public is rightly fed up with people abuse our laws and game the system so we can’t deport them This agreement, which I am proud to have signed with our Pakistani friends, shows the new immigration plan in action and the government delivering on it “, she said.
“Our new Borders Act will go further and help end the cycle of last-minute complaints and appeals that can delay removals,” the Indian-born cabinet minister said.
Pakistani nationals make up the seventh largest number of foreign criminals in prisons in England and Wales, accounting for almost 3% of the foreign offender population, according to UK Home Office data. or about 2,500 prisoners.
The UK government says the new agreement underlines the two countries’ continued commitment to tackling the problem of illegal migration and the significant threats it poses to both nations. The agreement also includes ongoing work to “improve and expand law enforcement cooperation between the UK and Pakistan”.
The new pact with Pakistan is part of a series of return agreements Patel signed in 15 months as part of the government’s “new immigration plan” to tackle illegal migration.
From January 2019 to the year ending December 2021, the UK Home Office claims to have deported 10,741 foreign offenders worldwide.
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