A new Home Office poster campaign that advises immigrants to “ask about going home” and offers to book them flights back to their native countries has been criticised by Scottish politicians as “shameful”.
The adverts have been on display in immigration reporting centres in Glasgow and Hounslow in west London since the end of last month and will stay until 4 October.
The Home Office said the posters were designed to ensure people knew that immigration officials could provide them with “sensitive advice and assistance to help them return home with dignity” and to raise awareness of its “voluntary return scheme”.
Earlier this month, ministers were threatened with court action over a Home Office publicity campaign in which vans touring six London boroughs carried the wording: “In the UK illegally? Go home or face arrest.”