Free Movement of People

Home Office written question – answered on 13th March 2017.

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Photo of Richard Arkless Richard Arkless Scottish National Party, Dumfries and Galloway

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the Government has used freedom of movement controls relating to Directive 2004/38/EC since 2010.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

In accordance with EU law, the Government can restrict free movement rights in individual cases where any of the following conditions apply:

a) Where the conditions of residence under the Free Movement Directive are not met b) On grounds of public policy, public security or public health, or c) In the event of abuse or fraud (such as a marriage of convenience)

Published statistics on the number of enforced removals and the total refused entry at port and subsequently departed are available onGOV.UK.

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