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THIS IS OUR HOME
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Dear fellow EU citizen,

 
This email should have been an update on the This Is Our Home Tour.  Instead, we are now all facing the COVID-19 crisis and business is not as usual. On behalf of everyone at the3million, we send you our love, as we are all going through fears about our health and we worry our loved ones might get seriously ill. 

We hope that the affection and solidarity we encountered while travelling around the UK will help us get through this new challenge. EU citizens and their families have formed new, often virtual bonds to face uncertainty and these ties will help us deal with the isolation and the containment in the coming months.

If you are on Facebook, join the Forum for EU citizens or the private group In Limbo where we all share our stories and help each other since July 2016.

In the real world, we encourage you to join a local group to help the most vulnerable in our communities if your health allows it. Over 900 local groups have been created. More information at https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/

We also got inspired by British in Europe who published some useful links in their last newsletter for Brits in the EU and you will find an updated list of weblinks where you can get support and advice if you scroll down this newsletter.

The new scenario will impact how the3million works with policymakers and politicians and next Monday we are submitting written evidence to the Home Affairs committee on the Home Office's preparedness and response to the virus outbreak. Our core team is used to working remotely and we are connected to other UK organisations to continue to hold the government to account, monitor the immigration bill and upcoming legislation that might affect citizens’ rights.


Due to the virus outbreak, we ended our THIS IS OUR HOME Tour early last Friday but we met some wonderful people in Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh and the main impression was that regardless of where we were born or where we live, we all feel connected as EU citizens.

These are pictures taken across the four nations of the UK:







All in all, we met with ministers, local councillors and members of organisations supporting EU citizens, as well as fellow EU citizens who shared their experiences and expressed our feelings and opinions about the Settled Status scheme. 

Overall, we witnessed a lot of confusion around the Settled Status scheme, its application process, how to maintain the status, and how safe it is in the long term. 

Many people were also worried about people at risk of not applying in time and last but not least, nearly everyone said they wanted to have a physical proof of their Settled Status, and we encouraged people to sign this petition on change.org.


Coronavirus reminds us that we are all human, with the same worries, needs and hopes. As the crisis disrupts our daily lives we need to ensure that the policy choices our government makes now will set a better course for EU citizens and their families. We will keep in touch through these difficult times and don’t hesitate to reply to this email if you have any questions.

If you are helping in your community, we would love to hear from you so we can feature it in the next newsletter and promote local initiatives.

 

European regards,

  

Nicolas and Maike

 
Nicolas is the CEO of the3million
Maike is the head of media and communications of the3million

More information at www.the3million.org.uk



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Coronavirus / COVID-19 useful links

 



Join a local group to help the most vulnerable in our communities at https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/
 

If you have questions, please check the latest guidelines from the NHS at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
To check if you have coronavirus symptoms, please go to this 111 NHS page: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ 

For specific information about your country of origin, please check the website of your embassy or consulate. 
 

Managing anxiety:

https://www.verywellmind.com/managing-coronavirus-anxiety-4798909

https://qz.com/1812664/the-psychology-of-coronavirus-fear-and-how-to-overcome-it/

https://theconversation.com/7-science-based-strategies-to-cope-with-coronavirus-anxiety-133207


Information for those with sensory difficulties who struggle with handwashing
https://www.sensoryintegration.org.uk/News/8821506

Information for those struggling with OCD
www.ocduk.org/ocd-and-coronavirus-top-tips

Information for parents of how to support children through COVID19:
https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/helping-children-cope-with-stress-print.pdf?sfvrsn=f3a063ff_2
 
https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2020/03/17/supporting-children-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/

Information on coronavirus for children
https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_319c5acf38d34604b537ac9fae37fc80.pdf
 
General information for young people about managing their mental health
www.youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus
 



 




 

The Home Office's latest statistics on the Settled Status scheme




The Home Office has released the first set of statistics over Settled Status application since Brexit day and there is a big surprise:
Until 31 January 2020, 7 people had been refused status on eligibility grounds under the EU Settlement Scheme. Statistics released yesterday show 300 people have been refused the right to stay since Brexit day. 

Application volumes slowed down slightly to a quarter million in February, and the ratio of settled to pre-settled decisions remains stable. Such headline figures were to be expected, but there are some really troubling numbers here. 

First, the backlog has also flatlined and 345,000 people are still waiting for a decision. (picture 1)



Second, the number of applications with "other outcomes" shot up to 3% of all applications completed last month. This included applications void or withdrawn by the applicant, and invalid: where some of the mandatory information was missing. A steep and mysterious rise... (picture 2)



In February, applications withdrawn or void accounted for 22.5% of all such applications since *August 2018* and invalid applications accounted for 29.5% of that total. A huge monthly increase. This looks like a major shift, and the Home Office should explain it. 

Back to the 300 refusals, we want to know the reasons. Are we seeing non-EU family members being turned down? Problems with evidencing residence by EU citizens? Or something else? Hard to tell for now...

Source: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/873588/eu-settlement-scheme-statistics-february-2020.pdf



 
 




 

THIS IS OUR HOME TOUR



A big thank you for everyone who attended our photo-op with the letters THIS IS OUR HOME and the public event in Bristol and the Eurocafés in Cardiff, in Belfast and in Edinburgh. We ended the tour early due to the coronavirus, but we will be back on the road when it's safe to do so. A big thank you to Tanja Bueltmann and Northumbria University who joined and supported the tour and provided valuable insight based on the report published in January on the perception of the Settled Status by EU citizens.

Public event at Bristol with (from left to right) Tanja Bueltmann (Northumbria University), Luke Piper (South West Law, the3million), Nicolas Hatton, Asher Craig (Deputy Mayor, Bristol City Council and Hans Loeffler, German Consul)




Eurocafé in Cardiff with Wiard Sterk, the3million representative in Wales, Chris Desira representing the European Commission, Tanja Bueltmann, Huw Thomas, leader of Cardiff City Council and some wonderful EU citizens and our Welsh friends from Cardiff for Europe and Wales from Europe.




Eurocafé in Belfast with some lovely EU citizens from Northern Ireland. You know who you are ;-)



Meeting with Ben MacPherson, MSP and Minister for Public Finances and Migration at the Scottish Government, including Mirelle Pouget, the3million representative in Scotland, Tanja Bueltman, Maike Bohn and Gabriela Ingle of Citizens' Right Project, who is also developing the network of Settled Status angels under the charity Settled's volunteering programme.




Eurocafé in Edinburgh with some more lovely EU citizens, and Ben MacPherson. A big thank you to Julia who helped us organised the eurocafé.






 




 

Two must-read reports issued this week

 

 

Immigration - the reset moment (British Future - King’s College)

source: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/policy-institute/assets/the-reset-moment.pdf

 

Windrush lessons learned review (Wendy Williams)

source: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/windrush-lessons-learned-review

 

 

 



 

Applying for Settled Status



 





Over two million EU citizens and their families have applied for Settled Status but it is not as straight forward as it seems and we recommend you seek help and ask questions before applying. 

Our page Applying for Settled Status is good summary of the process, including what documents you will need to successfully apply:
https://www.the3million.org.uk/applying-for-settled-status

The website from our sister charity Settled, which specialises in outreaching to EU citizens at risk, is also very helpful, as Settled Status is explained in a simple manner. They currently have information in 7 languages and growing.
https://settled.org.uk




Here for Good is a charity set up specifically to help you in applying for Settled Status.

You can conveniently call them if you have a question or seeking free immigration legal advice:




Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:

☎️ 020 70142 155 (standard phone charges apply)  

Tuesdays and Thursdays:

☎️ 0115 9644 112 (standard phone charges apply)  

The helpline is run with Bindmans LLP and Paragon Law



We also recommend the London Mayor information hub for EU citizens, which is available in 23 different languages: 




The AIRE Centre has developed a practical tool to help EU citizens with their Settled Status application 




UKCEN have developed a public forum to help with a Settled Status and British citizenship applications: https://www.forum.ukcen.com




We have also partnered with the European Commission in the UK and Here for Good to provide simple information about your rights as an EU citizen living in the UK. Click on the link below to find out more: 





Settled Status information sessions:
Check this website to find out about information events about settled status near you: http://www.eurights.uk/events




 

 


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