On Wednesday, Jamaican nationals were deported by the Home Office. The oldest traveller was confused to arrive and left stranded with no relatives or a phone while his family in the UK searched for him, activist Karen Doyle has claimed.
Ms Doyle is a national organiser at Movement for Justice, an organisation fighting for immigrant rights.
She claims Jamaican nationals were deported and left in the country with £40 – and says they were required to quarantine for three days but did not take a Covid test.
Ms Doyle told My London: “We know they were put in a quarantine hotel for precisely three days – that’s how long they’re quarantining for which is useless.”
She added: “One of the guys has no family and no friends in Jamaica. We believe he’s suffering from dementia.
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The flight has been branded “an enormous waste of taxpayers’ money” by lawyers.
Commenting on the flight, a Home Office spokesperson said: “We only ever return those with no legal right to remain in the UK, including foreign national offenders.
“All those on the flight were seen by a healthcare professional prior to their departure and offered a PCR test, and social distancing was in place, with all detained individuals told to wear a face covering unless they have a reasonable excuse not to.
“In addition all those being deported will have been provided with the opportunity to raise claims, including claims that they have been victims of modern slavery and trafficking, prior to their deportation.
“All claims raised are fully considered and decided upon before deportation.”