Bulgarians Among Hardest Hit: Dramatic Rise in UK Entry Denials After Brexit
In the aftermath of Brexit, Bulgaria, alongside other EU nations, has witnessed a significant surge in entry denials by the UK Border Force. The latest figures from the UK Home Office reveal a fivefold increase in the number of Bulgarians refused entry to the UK since Brexit's implementation, marking a concerning trend in post-Brexit migration restrictions.
The statistics presented by the UK Home Office outlined a stark contrast in the entry refusals pre- and post-Brexit, highlighting a substantial surge in denials for EU citizens at the UK border. During the January to September period in 2019, only 143 Bulgarians faced entry refusals. In stark contrast, the first nine months of 2023 recorded a staggering 1,345 Bulgarians denied entry—a staggering tenfold increase.
This surge in refusals extends beyond Bulgaria, impacting other EU nationals as well. The data indicates that German nationals witnessed a similar surge, with a fivefold increase from 80 refusals in 2019 to 411 by September 2023. Additionally, the number of French citizens denied entry escalated from 92 in 2019 to 426 over the same period.
Romania retains the unfortunate status of having the highest number of citizens refused entry to the UK. In 2019, the UK border forces turned away 1,376 Romanians. This figure skyrocketed to a staggering 10,000 in 2021, following Brexit, before slightly decreasing to nearly 8,000 in 2022. Despite the decline, the numbers remain alarmingly high, with 5,683 Romanians refused entry in the year to September 2023.
These statistics underscore the substantial impact of Brexit on migration policies, marking a stark departure from the pre-Brexit era where EU citizens enjoyed the rights of free movement within the UK. Post-Brexit immigration rules...