On Tuesday a jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing in the inquest into the death of Jimmy Mubenga, who died while being deported to Angola from the UK in October 2010. The overwhelming response to the jury's verdict has been a call for review of so-called "restraint techniques" used in the course of deportation. The elephant in the room is that deportation of migrants against their will is impossible in the absence of the use of force. It is naive to think that deportation can ever be a peaceful enterprise. The forcible removal of a person from a state's territory is always a violent act.
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