The Government is promising to be tougher on removing European criminals and those that cause harm to communities.
From 8 April 2008 the ‘deportation referral threshold’ for European criminals will be cut from 24 months imprisonment to 12 months for drugs, violent and sexual offences. This means these offenders will be automatically considered for deportation.
Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said:
“We are determined to remove people that harm our communities – wherever they are from. That is why we are making it easier to kick out European criminals and stop them from returning.
“In 2007 we removed over 500 European nationals. By reducing the threshold for deportation, we will ensure that we can remove even more.”
The Government also introduced “tough new powers” to remove Europeans who are not exercising their Treaty Rights – by working, studying or by being self-sufficient – were also introduced.
The Home Office said that anyone from Europe who is not “playing by the rules” will not be allowed to stay.