The European Commission is concerned about the detention of EU citizens in deportation centres in the UK. In particular, the situation and the long duration of detention are “a source of concern”, the commission says.

Some 30 Germans, Italians and other EU citizens who wanted to return the UK were detained at the British border for up to seven days, reported the European news site Politico last week. This would mainly concern young people who want to work as an au pair or seasonal worker. It seems to concern only a small number of people and “not a general trend”, but the commission is still following the matter closely, assured a spokesman on 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 does London make an exception. But EU citizens do not have to prove that until July.

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