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Immigration Controls: EU Nationals

Question for Home Office

UIN HL818, tabled on 7 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that there has been a change in attitude among Border Force officers towards EU citizens arriving in the UK since 1 January.

Answered on

21 June 2021

While international travel is disrupted due to the pandemic, we have updated our guidance to clarify overseas nationals, including EU citizens, who have been refused entry to the UK and are awaiting removal should be granted immigration bail, where appropriate.

It should be noted 95% of individuals with no leave to remain in the UK are managed within the community rather than detained.

Border Force treat all arrivals with respect and consider each passengers situation on an individual basis to check everyone entering the UK has the right to do so.

Those who are considering moving here for work or study should check the requirements for entry, including the Border Health Regulations relating to the global pandemic set by the UK and Devolved Governments. We have worked closely with EU partners to make sure people are aware of these new requirements, including a multi-million awareness campaign across the EU.

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