Rough sleeper heads home while four remain on warning after Boston swoop


A rough sleeper in Boston, who was found to not be fulfilling his treaty rights for living in the UK, has voluntarily returned to his home country.

As The Standard reported in January, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) carried out a swoop on seven rough sleepers using areas around the Boston Library site.

The six men and one woman, Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian nationals, were issued with ‘minded to remove’ warning letters. The UKBA believed they were not fulfilling their treaty rights – which say you can stay in the UK providing you are working, seeking employment, in education, or are self-sufficient.

They were given 30 days to provide evidence to the contrary.

UKBA previously told The Standard that if they failed to do this they could be forcibly removed from the country.

A spokesman for the agency said one of the men has now voluntarily returned home and a further two have come forward with the required proof to stay in the country.

Regarding the other four, he said: “We won’t be taking any enforcement action at this stage. What usually happens is the next time they are encountered they would be told they had failed to provide evidence so they have to leave voluntarily.”

He added: “We would then give them another month but then if they haven’t responded to this we can then take enforcement action.”

The operation in Boston was part of the UKBA’s regular enforcement activity, which takes place across the country on a daily basis.