When someone is deported to a country they have no ties to they are more vulnerable.

First published in December 2020.

Deportation is a secondary punishment only available to be used on foreign nationals. By its very nature it is discriminatory and goes against the principle of a legal system where everyone is treated equally.

The government announced that it wouldn’t deport those brought to the UK aged 12 or under, but it hasn’t addressed the fundamental issue that being aged 13 or over when you come to the UK doesn’t mean you have connections or ties to the country you are being deported to.

Either prison works as a punishment, in which case deportation is a secondary punishment only used on foreign nationals, thereby making it inherently discriminatory, or it works for rehabilitation, in which case we are deporting people who we are meant to have rehabilitated.

The likes of Home Secretary Priti Patel often like to conflate deportations with crack downs on trafficking. The reality is that along with other Home Office policies they place people at further risk. When someone is deported to a country they have no ties to they are more vulnerable.

And all of this is before you even look at the vast waste of public money, something the Conservatives seem particularly keen to claim they aren’t doing, of carrying out deportations in the first place.🔷

Further Reading:

Dan Sohege, Human rights advocate, international refugee law specialist, immigration economist, charity fundraising professional and Director of Stand For All.


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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 1 December 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected, and published with the author’s consent. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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