Citizenship stripping doesn't just concern criminalsby Ismail Einashe / April 12, 2016 / Leave a comment
The Home Secretary Theresa May has said many times that British citizenship is a “privilege, not a right.” Under the British Nationality Act, she has the power to strip dual nationals and naturalised people of their citizenship if she believes it is “conducive to the public good.” The last Labour government stripped five people of their citizenship over a period of seven years. Since taking up her position in 2010, May has removed the citizenship of 37 people, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Not all of these cases have been identified, but many of them are thought to be Britons who have gone to Syria to take part in the civil war.
Now, following the Rotherham child abuse scandal, citizenship stripping may be expanding to new areas. The Home Office is considering removing the British passports of those convicted sex abusers who are dual nationals, and deporting them upon their release from prison. Unsurprisingly, there will be little public sympathy if such criminals have their passports revoked, or for terrorists either.