London, Jan 22(ANI): Human rights claims have proved to be a major hurdle leading to the government expelling just nine percent of inmates of a deportation center.
According to Home Office figures, just 39 out of 456 Morton Hall inmates have been expelled between mid-May and the end of September 2011.
Official figures indicate that the Morton Hall, which boasts of 24-hour medical services, a dentist, a "well-stocked" library, cost taxpayers' almost 17 million pounds in 2010.
Official figures also revealed that the UK government has increased spending on the Facilitated Return Scheme designed to "bribe" illegal immigrants to leave the country.
The Facilitated Return Scheme (FRS) introduced in 2006 offers cash payments to illegal migrants and foreign national prisoners if they agree to leave the UK.
The UK government spent 11.4 million pounds on this scheme between October 2006 and March 2010 but the scheme had cost 13 million pounds in 2011.
A Home Office spokesperson admitted that the procedure of expelling inmates was tough due to implementation of the Human Right Act.
"Detaining and removing foreign criminals who flout the rules is vital to protecting the public and to safeguarding the economy by controlling immigration," The Telegraph quoted the spokesperson, as saying.
"It is not acceptable that foreign offenders are winning more than 60 per cent of allowed appeals to stay under the right to a family life. We will shortly be changing the immigration rules to reflect the public interest in seeing the removal from the UK of those who should be removed," he added. (ANI)
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