Three men from Hornchurch were working in Germany but were deported after authorities in Stuttgart discovered they had the incorrect paperwork. Following the story, Express.co.uk readers claimed the UK should do the same as Germany and remove anyone who is working illegally. One person said: “So immigrants illegally working in another country get thrown out, we need to do the same not criticise.”
A second said: “It’s their own fault.
“Worked illegally in Germany and paid no taxes and did not have a residence permit.
“Every country in the world throws such people out.”
A third said: “Fair enough, it is just a pity our country doesn’t do the same.”
The three men who were deported had been fitting out a sports shop for a Slovenian company.
Under the terms of the withdrawal agreement, the UK and EU agreed any unregistered citizens can face fines or even ban re-entry to another European member state.
Britons who were legal residents in Germany by January 1, 2021, must have a special residence permit, known as an Aufenthaltsdokument-GB.
Despite many readers agreeing with the German government, some criticised the decision to deport the three men.
One person said: “With the pandemic, it’s amusing to see they’ve got their priorities right.”
A second said: “Vindictiveness from Merkel.”
This comes as some British expats have also been faced with being deported from Spain following a change in rules post-Brexit.
Following Brexit, British tourists or second-homeowners must now have the correct paperwork to remain in the country beyond 90 days.
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Due to the UK leaving the EU, expats may be classed as illegal immigrants if they have not applied for resident status or have been rejected legal registration before March 31.
Up to 500 British expats could be deported under these new rules while Brits attempting to return to the country have also been blocked due to coronavirus restrictions.
Amid a rise in cases, some Britons arriving at Alicante-Elche airport have been barred from returning due to new restrictions placed on unnecessary travel.
Stuart Miller, a 47-year-old from Manchester revealed his fury at being barred from re-entering the country.
He told Oliver Press: “People with letters from Alicante Foreigners Office asking them to collect their residency cards were turned away – what more proof do you need of residency?”
“There was no advice, no help and, to be fair, no good reason for us being turned back at Alicante.”