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Schengen visas - treating tourists like criminals
Lifestyle
Written by LA     July 01, 2014    
Very concerning article. While I would have liked to see a little more first hand evidence of these queues via discretely captured images, and a little more research in terms of operational structure and names of people responsible within the organisation, for the purpose of my being able to follow up this story myself; this piece provides a rare and valuable insight into how UK government departments and those private equivalents that are tasked with executing their remit, are perceived by educated visitors.

This is something of a shameful slur on the hospitality of the British, especially with respect to the fact that when abroad as a British person, I am invariably treated with courtesy and respect (except on one occasion in Romania, where it appeared that an Immigration official was mounting a single handed campaign to reduce tourism influx into his already impoverished country).

What with the inordinate crowds and apparent boldness of the representative to ad lib organisational policy, it is hard to imagine that this was an isolated event. I would like to wait and see whether this issue resolves itself by the time the IPS has caught up with their own backlog, and to revisit the issue if no obvious improvement occurs.
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9.4
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9.5
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9.0
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9.0
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10.0
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9.5
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9.5
Reviewed by JRE July 01, 2014
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Turning Visitors into Criminals

Very concerning article. While I would have liked to see a little more first hand evidence of these queues via discretely captured images, and a little more research in terms of operational structure and names of people responsible within the organisation, for the purpose of my being able to follow up this story myself; this piece provides a rare and valuable insight into how UK government departments and those private equivalents that are tasked with executing their remit, are perceived by educated visitors.

This is something of a shameful slur on the hospitality of the British, especially with respect to the fact that when abroad as a British person, I am invariably treated with courtesy and respect (except on one occasion in Romania, where it appeared that an Immigration official was mounting a single handed campaign to reduce tourism influx into his already impoverished country).

What with the inordinate crowds and apparent boldness of the representative to ad lib organisational policy, it is hard to imagine that this was an isolated event. I would like to wait and see whether this issue resolves itself by the time the IPS has caught up with their own backlog, and to revisit the issue if no obvious improvement occurs.

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