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Removals of EEA Migrant workers who are rough sleeping

Removals of EEA Migrant workers who are rough sleeping

Topic created on, Thursday, February 16, 2017 , from London
Has anyone else had experience of UKBA attempting to take action resulting in the threat of administrative removal from the UK for EAA migrants who are working because they are rough sleeping? We were contacted by our local outreach team a few months ago about trying to find some housing quickly as they had come across some Romanian EEA workers in a local park and were concerned that they might be a target for UKBA administrative removal even though they were working. Obviously getting them into housing is the best resolution but that may not be possible immediately (especially in London given the high rents). There is Home Office guidance on this matter - Home Office EEA nationals qualified persons – Guidance 7 April 2015 and European Economic Area administrative removal: consideration and decision – Version 2.0 (this was published for Home Office staff on 4th May 2016) but Jean Demars, is funded by the Strategic Legal Fund to work with Deighton Pierce Glynn and looking into this practice to see if a legal challenge can be mounted through the Human Rights route. If you want to let him know your experience, he can be contacted at j.demars@gold.ac.uk Also, if you want some guidance on what to advise EEA migrants in this position, NELMA (North East London Migrant Action) have some useful downloads, link here: https://nelmacampaigns.wordpress.com/eea-removals/ Is anyone else aware of this and what has been your experience, any advice you can give?
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(Homelessness Practitioner), from Edinburgh We support a lot of EEA migrants and have recently had quite a lot of contact with UKBA, who have said that if people are found to be "in breach of their treaty rights" (ie not working/self sufficient/are rough sleeping), they may be deported. The Home Office is willing to offer voluntary repatriation as an alternative, which can be quick and free repatriation to the person's home country if they wish, with help to get temporary travel documents; the catch being that they cannot return to the UK for a year afterwards. We have had a few service users who have been detained and held in the detention centre in Dungavel until being deported. We looked into this and did some research as it's obviously a big concern for us, and they have the right to legal counsel and to appeal the decision made and there is potential for them being released, but it often requires help from solicitors who are experienced in this area of the law. We've been giving service users the names of two specific lawyers in case they find themselves in the position where they need to seek legal advice.

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