In 2012 there were 886 living in the community at that point after deportation orders were first signed.
But by the end of last year the figure had soared to 1,852.
The rise makes a mockery of Theresa May’s 2012 pledge to create a hostile environment for those in the UK illegally.
Foreign criminals should routinely be deported after serving their jail term.
But if the order is challenged, often on human rights grounds, the con can be released into the community.
Among those still thought to be in the UK is Aliou Bah, 28 — jailed twice for sex attacks since arriving here from Guinea, West Africa, in 2007.
Then Home Secretary Mrs May ordered his deportation in 2011.
Bah was held in immigration detention for 21 months but has been in a Southampton council house since 2015.
Last year he won a £110,000 payout after a judge ruled officials detained him for too long.
Latest Home Office figures reveal around 6,000 foreign offenders are deported each year by the Home Office. It takes an average of four months to deport each one.
The Home Office put the rise down to improvements in identifying foreign criminals.
It added: “Those who commit crimes in the UK should be in no doubt of our determination to deport them.
“We have removed more than 41,000 since 2010.”
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