India features at eighth position in in the UK’s assessment of foreign criminals living in the country while Pakistan holds the fifth place, according to a report.
The number of Indian nationals within the British prison system has also been on a slight increase over the last few years with the number registered as 423 in 2013-14, up from 408 in 2012-13, the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) has said.
The dubious list is headed by Poland with 898 inmates, followed by the Irish Republic with 778 and Jamaica with 711.
Pakistan comes in at fifth place with 522, up from 466 in 2012-13.
“The government’s progress in managing and removing foreign national offenders (FNOs) since 2006 has been slower than we would expect, particularly given the increased resources and effort dedicated to this,” the NAO said in its report titled ‘Managing and Removing Foreign National Offenders’.
“This is reflected in the numbers as the FNO population in prison has increased slightly and while removals are now increasing this is largely due to a change of approach in 2013,” it added.
The annual cost of keeping these offenders in prison or immigration removal centres has been assessed at more than £250 million a year.
Among 1,859 of the most serious foreign offenders are 775 murderers, 587 rapists and a further 155 convicted of raping a minor.
Other serious crimes included 200 sex offences against children, 99 cases of manslaughter and 15 terror offences.
Only an average of 40 prisoners a year are sent home to serve their sentences, according to the report.
Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz, the chairman of the home affairs select committee, said, “These are astonishing figures. Many of the countries concerned are either European Union countries or countries with whom we enjoy good relations”.
“The taxpayer is picking up the bill for those who have committed some of the most serious crime imaginable. There is a lack of focus and determination on the part of the Home Office to rid our country of these criminals,” Vaz said.
Separate figures from the Home Office said 4,200 of the 11,000 foreign offenders are living in the community, including those convicted of 16 murders, 56 rapes and hundreds of robberies and violent attacks.