TWENTY-THREE dangerous foreign criminals have been removed from the UK this week after violating our laws.
Two charter flights carrying individuals convicted of rape and other sexual offences were removed by the Home Office to their home country.
Individuals with criminal records for drugs production and serious violent crime were among those on the deportation flight.
Officials also returned six individuals who arrived here on illegal crossings with no legal right to remain in the UK.
Flights were arranged to return them to Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Germany in the past few days.
One person was even returned to Switzerland after arriving here on a small boat after claiming asylum here just five weeks ago.
A fingerprint match revealed he had previously made an asylum bid in both Switzerland and France.
But there was frustration that 37 late legal claims prevented further returns. There were 18 submissions on human rights claims and 14 on modern slavery grounds.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am delivering on my commitment to make Britain safer and more secure and this week have removed over 20 foreign criminals.
“We have also removed people who arrived in small boats and had no right to remain in the UK to safe EU countries.
“Illegally-facilitated crossings undermine our efforts to protect those fleeing oppression, persecution and tyranny, and only strengthen my determination to introduce a new firm and fair asylum system.
“We should have been able to remove more, but once again we have been frustrated by a high number of late legal claims. This type of claim is often unfounded, or without merit, but is given full legal consideration.”
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