January 2021 – Homelessness and the Risk of Deportation


New immigration rules that target people sleeping rough for deportation will only be used in limited circumstances, according to the government.

Currently, a person is expected to leave the UK if their leave is cancelled or refused. If they do not choose to leave voluntarily the Home Office may enforce their removal. They will not be subject to deportation action which is reserved for foreign national offenders with serious and persistent criminality as well as for reasons of national security.

The new provisions make homelessness and rough-sleeping a discretionary ground for deportation. However, according to the Home Office Minister, people will only be affected if they have refused offers of support and are engaged in persistent anti-social behaviour. The new rules are not expected to be used until guidance for decision-makers has been published.

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