Home Office replaces toxic immigration targets but what has changed?

Home Office replaces toxic immigration targets with ‘locally determined performance metrics’ (but what is the difference?)

  • Phrase is deemed less toxic by officials eager to distance department from ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy
  • Move follows resignation of former Home Secretary Amber Rudd last month
  • She mistakenly claimed that immigration removal targets did not exist 

It’s the kind of Civil Service gobbledegook that could have come straight from TV political satire Yes Minister.

Home Office targets for deporting illegal migrants are now being officially termed ‘locally determined performance metrics’, The Mail on Sunday has learned.

The bizarre phrase is deemed less toxic by officials eager to distance the department from its ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy, according to a source.

The move follows the resignation last month of former Home Secretary Amber Rudd after she mistakenly claimed immigration removal targets did not exist.

She had been under pressure after it emerged that Windrush migrants – encouraged to settle in the UK following post-war labour shortages – had been threatened with deportation as illegal immigrants. It has since emerged that some have been deported.

Last night, Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the ISU, the union for borders, immigration and customs staff, representing 4,500 immigration officers, said: ‘This sounds like a classic example of Civil Service speak, a way of saying the same thing in a less threatening manner. There’s nothing wrong with a target or counting.’

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘We do not recognise the claim that [the phrase] is being used in relation to enforced removal targets. The department does not have a target for enforced removals from the UK in the current year [2018-19].’ 

Home Office targets for deporting illegal migrants are now being officially termed ‘locally determined performance metrics’. The move follows the resignation last month of former Home Secretary Amber Rudd (pictured on May 2) after she mistakenly claimed immigration removal targets did not exist

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