Relations between the European Union and the United Kingdom have been steadily deteriorating since Brexit; This time on the UK policy of detaining EU citizens who often visit the UK for job interviews.
According to UK Home Office data, more than 630 EU citizens were held in detention centers under new and stricter immigration rules upon arrival in the UK in the first 3 months of the year.
00:25 SOT Professor Tanja Bueltmann, specialist in the history of migration and diaspora at the University of Strathclyde. Scotland.
We are considering a general policy that does not only apply to EU citizens. This is called a hostile environment. It has affected many migrants from many places for many, many years. And due to Brexit, EU citizens are now largely sucked into it. And this hostile environment now applies to many of them as they are trying to enter the UK. “
Also, the UK relies on skilled and professional workers from Europe to support various industries. In some cases they were also involved in visiting families of short-term tourists and EU citizens.
Tanja Bultmann, an expert on the history of migration and diaspora at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, says: “Special industries are very concerned and things don’t improve when we learn that tourists are also involved in these events. Many people think this This is not the way to move things forward. Basically the British and especially the border officers of the Ministry of the Interior are also acting disproportionately. “
Maros Sefkovic, the commission’s vice-chairman in charge of managing the new EU-UK relationship, called on the UK to “calm down” and “focus on the future”.
“Their fingerprints are not helping the environment by detaining European citizens or simply because they want to go to the UK,” he said on Sunday.
The EU citizens in the UK are urging the Commission to explore all diplomatic efforts to resolve the problem.