Home Office Tells EU National In Detention Centre To Leave The UK To ‘Avoid Becoming Destitute’
The title of an article can tell you a lot about the narrative a newspaper is trying to push. When I first read The Guardian’s title, ‘Home Office letter tells EU citizen to ‘go home or go elsewhere,” I was pretty taken aback myself. But of course, things are not quite as dramatic as they like to make it out to be.
The Home Office told an EU national held in a detention centre to leave the UK to ‘avoid becoming destitute.’
You see, the Home Office rejected a Romanian national’s request for emergency accommodation and recommended he return his own country or another EU member state. The letter read:
“You could avoid becoming destitute by returning to Romania or another EU member state where you could enjoy access to all your ECHR [European Convention on Human Rights] without interference.”
Bigots, I know. And Remain Campaigners (why do we still have those?) are just furious I tell you. Celia Clarke, director of the legal charity Bail for Immigration Detainees, expressed her disgust to The Guardian:
“One of the worrying aspects of the Home Office letter refusing an EU national entitlement to accommodation to enable him to apply for bail to get out of detention is its tone: effectively telling a detainee to go home or go to another EU country.” “If UK officials are acting in this way towards EU nationals now, the future of our relations with EU nationals and countries should be a concern to us all. The danger is that the divorce from the EU is becoming ever more acrimonious, and this is reflected in both the tone and the practice of the Home Office.”
I love the wording. ‘Entitlement to accommodation.’ We have homeless UK citizens that I think are more entitled to that than someone from outside the country. Harsh, but I believe a country should look after its own first.