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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 first in the series, is about the EU settlement scheme and its implications for vulnerable groups, and will explore:

  • Has the EU settlement scheme been working so far, who has applied, and what are the key challenges?
  • Who might fail to secure settled status and why?
  • What can be done to support the most vulnerable groups to secure their status?

Speakers will include:

  • Mariña Fernandez-Reino, Migration Observatory
  • Nicole Masri, Rights of Women
  • Christopher Stacey, Unlock

The Migration Observatory is due to publish an updated version of its 2018 Unsettled Status report which provides data on groups of EU citizens who might fail to secure settled status. We will hear from them about the findings of the report, which will provide the context for our discussion and an overview of the specific groups that are most at risks of falling through the cracks. To follow, as a way of getting a better understanding of what might be the challenges faced by specific groups, we will hear from Rights of Women about their work with vulnerable women and from a charity working in the criminal justice space about the challenges faced by those with a criminal record.

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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