Home Office under fire after figures show a rise in deportations


The Government has been accused of going back on commitments to guarantee the rights of EU citizens, after it emerged that the number of individuals who had been deported had sky-rocketed since the referendum result.

Analysis by The Independent found that the number of enforced removals of EU nationals was up 26 per cent in the first three months of the month, compared with the equivalent period in 2016.

Overall, 5,000 EU citizens have been deported from the UK over the course of the past 12 months, which is the highest number since records began.

Human rights campaigners have been highly critical of the trend, going as far as to suggest that many of the removals are illegal.

There is particular concern about a move to deport EU nationals sleeping rough, who are being classed as having “misused” their rights under contentious Home Office regulations introduced last year.

Lara ten Caten, from the leading civil liberties group Liberty, said: “The removal of EEA rough sleepers isn’t just illegal – it’s symptomatic of the compassionless approach of a Government desperate to look tough on immigration, whatever the human cost.

“Many of those the Home Office tried to remove were working or had a permanent right to be here – but they simply didn’t bother to check.

“It’s also a timely reminder of the need for careful scrutiny of the Repeal Bill, which is meant to bring home the rights we all have under EU law.”

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said the situation was “disgraceful”.

“This news is hardly a recipe for good relations during Brexit negotiations,” she said.

“Sending ‘error’ deportation letters, failing to confirm their status and actually deporting EU nationals is unlikely to fill them with much confidence about their position in the UK.”

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