UK: Home Office publication: "Fair, effective, transparent and trusted: Rebuilding confidence in our immigration system"

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While promising a "crackdown" on "illegal" immigrants backs "boosting Britain's economy by bringing the right skills here from around the world". It promises compulsory biometric identity cards "starting with foreign nationals staying here from 2008". Plus the re-introduction of "exit controls" (ie: passports checks when leaving the country) - abolished 10 years ago - by 2014 (eight years time).

It reiterates the intention of changing the law to "make deportation the presumption for foreign national prisoners" See: Shetland: Young Shetland man of Thai origin wins appeal against deportation under Home Office crackdown: Shetland News (link). Further to remove the need for a prisoner to "consent" to their removal back to their country of origin to serve the sentence and to challenge in the European Court of Human Rights (by joining the Netherlands case: Ramzy) its ruling that a person (against whom there is insufficient evidence to bring to court in the UK) cannot be sent back to a country where they risk being subject to torture or inhuman treatment.

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