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As a result of the UK leaving the EU, European citizens and their families living in the UK have been required to apply for ‘Settled Status’ to secure their right to stay in the UK after Brexit. Despite the government’s intention to create a fairly simple and accessible online application system to help people secure their status, many people have required support to apply. Although around 3.8 million EU citizens have already applied, there are serious concerns that specific vulnerable groups might miss the deadline (which is scheduled for 30 June 2021) and, as a result, become illegal in the country. This would mean they would no longer have access to national health services, benefits, employment and accommodation and may be liable for detention and removal.

The Transition Advice Fund is currently in its last year of operations and, as part of its legacy, we are holding a series of webinars to share learning and promote discussion around aspects of the EU settlement scheme that remain problematic and might need more work going forward. This webinar, which is the last one in the series, is about the legal implications of the EU settlement scheme, and the role advocacy and campaigning can play in protecting EU citizens’ rights. More specifically, the session will explore:

  • What are the legal risks of not applying for settled status and how could these be prevented?
  • What have campaigning efforts being focusing on over the last couple of year across the 4 UK nations?
  • What are the remaining concerns, and what should be the focus of future advocacy efforts?

Speakers will include:

  • Nicolas Hatton, The3Million
  • Ollie Persey, Public Law Project (PLP)
  • Una Boyd, The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ)
  • Malene Bratlie (Unlock Democracy) TBC

This webinar will be an opportunity to hear from the3Million about the key issues they have been campaigning for to help EU citizens secure their rights and from PLP about the legal implications of the EU settlement scheme and the potential legal challenges facing EU citizens that fail to apply. There will also be an opportunity to hear from CAJ about the specific challenges faced by EU citizens in the Northern Ireland’s context, and ongoing campaigning strategy to tackle them. Finally, the session will also seek to explore what should be done between now and June 2021 to address any remaining concerns, with potentially the Brexit Civil Society Alliance (TBC) presenting on the future advocacy efforts of its members and the need they have identified to frame these in the context of ending the hostile environment towards migrants.

About the Transition Advice Fund: In 2018, NPC in partnership with a group of funders – Unbound Philanthropy, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Legal Education Foundation – established the Transition Advice Fund (TAF) a pool fund designed to help civil society organisations identify and shine a light on emerging issues, gather evidence and build a strong campaigning case in support of Eu citizens’ right throughout the Eu settlement scheme. Open Society Foundation joined the fund in 2020.

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