Since Brexit, visitors are no longer allowed to enter without a visa. At the same time, the number of entry bans rose sharply. The German ambassador expressed concern.
Great Britain has closed itself off more strongly since leaving the EU. From January to March alone, the British sent back 3,294 EU citizens – six times as many as in the first quarter of the previous year. This is shown by statistics from the Home Office in London. Sometimes EU citizens at British airports or ports were only sent back to their home countries after being detained for days at a time.
The German ambassador in London, Andreas Michaelis, expressed concern about the development. “You can say: This had to happen because of the end of freedom of movement,” wrote Michaelis on Twitter. “But still: It’s new and an atmosphere in which it becomes more and more difficult to stay connected.”
According to the British Home Office, a total of 22 Germans were affected by entry bans in the first quarter – twice as many as a year ago. However, this does not mean a significant increase on average over the past few years.
The largest group of those affected are Romanians: more than 2,000 of them, around two thirds, have been banned from entering the country. Compared to the same period in the previous year, the number increased almost tenfold.