UK minister to EU citizens refused immigration status: Be prepared to be kicked out

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EU citizens who have been refused the right to remain in the U.K. should leave the country and if they don’t, they will be kicked out, according to a British government minister.

Immigration Minister Kevin Foster told Italian newspaper La Repubblica in an interview published Saturday that “EU nationals who have been refused status, and who remain in the country, will be in the U.K. illegally.”

He added: “We expect people to leave the country voluntarily” and if they do not, immigration officials “will seek to enforce their departure.”

The U.K. has granted around 5.4 million EU citizens the right to stay in the country. “As of 31 August 2021, there are around 400,000 applications pending an outcome,” Foster said.

“Those with reasonable grounds for missing the deadline [to apply to remain in the U.K.] are still able to apply,” the minister added. “We have built-in safeguards to protect those who have not yet applied, but who may still be eligible which means everybody will be able to get the status they deserve.”

However, the U.K. has been struggling to fill gaps in the labor market, especially in the trucking and food sectors, which has led to shortages of food on supermarket shelves, according to the Food and Drink Federation. On Saturday, the British government confirmed that it’s considering looser visa rules for truckers, according to the Financial Times.

Foster denied that there is a link between the shortages and immigration. “We do not accept the points-based system is the key cause of labor shortages in the U.K., not least because we can see similar scarcities across the EU, specifically in areas like hospitality and truck driving,” he said.

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