The act of a state in the exercise of its sovereignty in removing an alien from its territory to a certain place after refusal of admission or termination of permission to remain.
Broader Term: compulsory return
Related Term: expulsion
In IE, DE, UK, 'deportation' is defined in legislation, whilst in ES, NL, PT it is not used as a legal term and is applicable only as a general concept by the public, sometimes with a negative connotation. Because of this variation, ‘removal’ is the preferred term to use.