Letter: Non-Eu, non-black and not detained

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Sir: The Home Office's exuse for treating a planeload of Jamaicans like enemies of the state ('Jamaican visitors locked up overnight', 23 December) is that they included an unusually high percentage of non-European Union citizens.

For years, several aircraft a day have arrived here from the non-EU country of South Africa, containing a high percentage of white passengers, most of whom are foreigners. I wonder if the Home Office would advise us of how many - if any - of these thousands of planeloads of non-EU (but white) citizens from South Africa have ever been locked up wholesale on arrival here?

Yours sincerely,


Uxbridge, Middlesex

23 December