Settled status is highly unsettling

As I’ve said a few times, EU citizens legally residing in the UK – people who have “settled status” – are now probably the world’s only undocumented legal immigrants and there is no guarantee at all that if I were to travel out of the UK, say, a year from now, I would be let in again.

Think I exaggerate?

Think again.

This kind of incident’s already happened.

And it just happened again. It happened to thousands of people who were told by the Home Office that they currently are not officially legally residing EU migrants in the UK and that the time to apply for settled status is running out while they’ve even had the British nationality for decades.

Now imagine that this kind of hiccup occurs when you happen to be abroad. If having the British nationality does not protect you enough, then having settled status surely means zilch. Because you cannot prove your status if the Home Office software has a hiccup and tells the Customs officer to stop you from entering the country.


https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/17/immigration-letter-sent-to-long-term-british-citizens-causes-alarm

And this is not funny either:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/17/handcuffed-detained-denied-medicine-eu-citizens-uk-border-ordeals

4 thoughts on “Settled status is highly unsettling

  1. And more:

    “The number of EU citizens being prevented from entering the UK has soared over the past three months despite a massive reduction in travel because of Covid, according to Home Office figures.

    A total of 3,294 EU citizens were prevented from entering the UK, even though post-Brexit rules mean they are allowed to visit the country without visas. That compares with 493 EU citizens in the first quarter of last year, when air traffic was 20 times higher.”

    But there is no racism here, either, remember? Racism, and fighting racism, those are daft things that Americans are into. (sarcasm)

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/28/number-of-eu-citizens-refused-entry-to-uk-soars-despite-covid-crisis

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