As at 18 December 2009, Her Majesty's Prison Service published the foreign national prison population as 11,546. This includes those on remand, those serving a custodial sentence (time serving) and those time-served held under the Immigration Act 1971, including those in the immigration removal centres Dover, Haslar and Lindholme, who we are seeking to deport.
There was a monthly average in 2009 of 550 time-served foreign national offenders detained in prisons who the UK Border Agency was seeking to deport.
Those serving prison sentences will at some point during their sentence be considered for deportation against the following criteria:
A court recommendation;
For non-European Economic Area nationals—A custodial sentence of 12 months or more either in one sentence, or as an aggregate of two or three sentences over a period of five years or a custodial sentence of any length for a drug offence (an offence other than possession only);
For EEA nationals: a custodial sentence of 12 months or more for an offence involving drugs, violent or sexual crimes or a custodial sentence of 24 months or more for other offences.