Criminals holding Indian, Pakistani and Jamaican passports are the most prominent among foreign criminals who committed one in every five murders or manslaughters in England and Wales, official figures show.
According to the Home Office, the 96 foreign nationals convicted of homicide last year were from 28 different countries. They were involved in 21 per cent of the total of 461 murder and manslaughter cases.
The Labour government has often been blamed for not ensuring that foreign criminals are deported to their country of origin. Home secretary Jacqui Smith is scheduled to a major meeting this week on the issue crimes committed by migrants.
"These extraordinary figures demonstrate the failure of the Government's immigration policy, which has seen all sorts of undesirable characters being able to get into this country and use the Human Rights Act to escape deportation," David Davies, a Conservative spokesperson, said.
The figures show in London, 76 out of 231 identified killers were foreign nationals, while in Manchester, it was eight out of 42, and in Bedfordshire, three out of seven.
In many cases, the figures reflect the influence of immigrant crime gangs. Police sources say that half of the organised crime gangs in London are 'ethnic', or bound by a common language or homeland. The most common nationalities for foreign killers were Pakistani, Indian and Jamaican.
According to figures, 15 per cent of those who died were from overseas. In many cases, both victim and killer were from the same immigrant community, reflecting internal feuding.
A Home Office spokesman said: "Last year, we deported a record number of foreign national criminals. Anyone convicted of a serious crime will be automatically deported."