The UK government has been hit with a complaint to the European Commission over a policy that sees rough sleepers from the EU rounded up and removed from the UK.
MRN, along with FEANTSA and Praxis, the three bodies behind the complaint, argue that rough sleeping by EU nationals does not amount to an abuse of rights under a the EU Directive the Home Office is applying in these cases. And so it is failing to properly implement the relevant Directive say the complainants.
“The impact of this interpretation upon destitute mobile EU citizens and their family members, including minors, is that they are significantly vulnerable to be expelled just because they do not have sufficient resources to afford adequate accommodation and are bound to sleep rough,” says FEANTSA director Freek Spinnewijn.
“According to the UK, when you are a mobile EU citizen who moved to the UK, being a rough sleeper is not a terrible experience to go through but rather a way to take advantage of the system. This is a bizarre and cruel interpretation of an individual crisis”, he added.