BID has, over a number of years, become increasingly concerned about the automatic deportation regime for so-called “foreign national offenders” and its effect in tearing lives apart. In the words of Stephen Shaw, former Prisons and Probation Ombudsman:
"I found during my visits across the immigration estate that a significant proportion of those deemed FNOs [Foreign National Offenders] had grown up in the UK, some having been born here but the majority having arrived in very early childhood. These detainees often had strong UK accents, had been to UK schools, and all of their close family and friends were based in the UK.”
We brought together an expert penal to discuss how on a daily basis, people are forced out of the UK, despite in many cases, this being the only home they have known.
- Kweku Adoboli, public speaker & culture & systems advisor who was deported from the UK to Ghana in 2018;
- Nadine El-Enany, Legal academic, Co-Director at the Centre for Research on Race and Law & author of ‘(B)ordering Britain: Law, Race and Empire’;
- Dr Zubaida Haque, Researcher and Interim Director of race equality think tank the Runnymede Trust;
- Carmen Kearney, Legal Manager of BID’s Article 8 Deportation Advice Project;
- Luke de Noronha, academic & author of upcoming book ‘Deporting Black Britons: Portraits of Deportation to Jamaica’