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European Commission Concerned About EU Citizens in UK Removal Centres

The European Commission is concerned about the detention of EU citizens in deportation centres in the United Kingdom.


Especially the condition they are in and the long duration of detention are “a source of concern”, the committee said.

Some 30 Germans, Italians and other EU citizens who wanted to return to the UK have been held at the British border for up to seven days, European news site Politico reported last week. It would mainly concern young people who want to work as an au pair or seasonal worker.

It appears only to affect a small number of people and “not a general trend,” but the committee is still closely following the matter, a spokesman assured Monday.

Since the British left the European Union, EU citizens need a work visa to work in the UK. Only for people who already lived in the UK, London makes an exception. But EU citizens don’t have to prove that until July.

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