Saturday, May 29, 2021

UK Prevents Over 3,000 EU Citizens From Entering Under Post-Brexit Rules

The United Kingdom Home Office has revealed that the number of European citizens not being able to enter UK borders has increased despite the reduction in travel due to Coronavirus.

According to the data, during the first quarter of 2020, 3,294 EU passengers weren’t allowed to enter the UK. In 2020, when the air traffic was 20 times higher than now, only 493 EU citizens were prevented from visiting the UK, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Border officials turned back about 738 EU citizens after landing at airports or UK ferry terminals. Many passengers were held in detention centres before being expelled after many of them made honest mistakes regarding the rules. Many others had to spend hours or even the night at airports until they could return to their home countries.

After some EU citizens shared their unfortunate experiences, the Home Office ordered that these individuals be given bail to stay with relatives and friends until their visit permit expires. The Office ordered border forces to stop locking up travellers in detention centres and instead permit them immigration bail if they did not respect the post-Brexit rules.

The immigration rules require the visitor to convince the decision-maker that they won’t make the UK their home upon arrival. Also, they must prove that their purpose of visit is allowed, and they won’t do any prohibited activities. They, as well, are obliged to have “sufficient funds” during their stay.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the EU passenger traffic travelling to the UK has decreased year by year from 94 per cent to 97 per cent over the first quarter of this year.

“It is pretty likely that these figures will go up. There are going to be a lot more people turned away,” Marley Morris, an associate director at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), said.

He also noted that the UK’s labour market and immigration patterns will be seriously affected if this trend continues.

Naomi Smith, the Chief Executive of the civil society campaign that had called to stop Brexit, Best for Britain, has now called on Priti Patel, the home secretary regarding Border Force staff, to make sure they know the new rules and will apply them accurately.

“The home secretary must issue crystal-clear guidance to border staff, improve training and provide a cast-iron guarantee that people who have likely made honest mistakes are treated with understanding and respect,” Smith said.

Brexit, the mutual agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom that permits the latter to cease being part of the EU, has been initially voted in 2016 and finalised on December 24, 2020.



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