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Criminal cannot be deported under EU law


This just goes to show we are utterly powerless to deport foreign criminals that come to our country to prey on our citizens.

A man from Romania who was convicted of a series of criminal offences including robbery and knife possession cannot be deported as he is protected by EU law.

Denis Viscu, 20, has lived in the UK with his family since 2007. But during July 2014 and March 2017 he received 14 convictions for 20 offences. The Home Office tried to deport him in September 2017 as they deemed him a “persistent offender”.

But they were told that under EU law he had rights to “enhanced protection” under the EU Citizens’ Directive.

This is because he had lived in the UK for five years. 

The Home Office tried to argue that he was not entitled to this protection under EU law as the time he spent in custody “broke the continuity of lawful residence”. 

But a judge said Viscu was a juvenile so he could not be sentenced to prison which meant his residence in the United Kingdom had been 'continuous and uninterrupted' availing him of special EU protection. 

Chapter IV of the Citizens' Directive also states: “Union citizens who have resided legally for a continuous period of five years in the host Member State shall have the right of permanent residence there.”

A member state can only deport an EU resident where they have strong grounds to believe they pose a risk to the public.

The EU has added the caveat that “previous criminal convictions shall not in themselves constitute grounds for” stopping an EU citizen having the right of residency.