According to a report that has appeared in The Independent, deportations of EU citizens from the United Kingdom have increased by 400% since 2010 – they have also indicated that these deportations have ‘soared’ since the June 2016 EU referendum.
You can read the full text of the report in The Independent.
It says that almost 5,000 EU citizens have been deported from the United Kingdom in the last twelve months alone – this isn’t only the highest amount since records began, but also a 14% increase on the previous year’s data.
This could be a sign that the government is cracking down on illegal activity in the face of terror threats.
When looking at this news at face value, the obvious question to ask is how EU citizens can be lawfully removed from a country that is still technically part of the European Union – free movement is after all a key part of membership of the bloc.
However, EU law itself states that member citizens only have the right to remain in another member nation if they do not ‘abuse’ the right to do so.
Examples of abuse could include ‘fraud’ or any activity that poses a threat to national security.
Diane Abbott has already stepped in and condemned these new statistics, saying that the news is ‘disgraceful, but not surprising,’ and a number of human rights charities have also hit out at the system because many of those who have been deported are rough sleepers.
There is a lot of debate about whether or not having already worked or lived in the UK for five years should be taken into account – this is currently the legal point where the so-called ‘right to remain’ is granted.