Dear fellow EU citizen,
Yesterday, I celebrated my 50th birthday and it was a time for reflection. When I organised that very first meeting in Bristol in July 2016, little did I know I would be running the main organisation of EU citizens in the UK nearly 4 years later, and I couldn't have done it without you. I am very honoured to have this responsibility and I want to thank all of you for your support since the referendum as I couldn't have done it without you.
Today is special too. For the last two months, I have been working on an outreach project with the team and I am delighted to announce we are going on the road next week to meet EU citizens across the four nations of the United Kingdom.
From Bristol to Cardiff, Belfast, Edinburgh, Fort William, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and Southampton, we want to meet as many of you as possible, so we can discuss your issues and understand how best we can support you locally.
In each of the places above, we will organise a group picture in an iconic location, holding the letters 'THIS IS OUR HOME' to send a message of love to our communities. Later on that day, we are also organising a public event or a Eurocafé so we can have a proper discussion about our rights, and how Brexit is affecting our lives. it will be a great opportunity to share our experiences.
To join us, please click on the links below and register to attend:
Monday 9 March
Bristol - lunchtime meet-up and group picture holding the letters THIS IS OUR HOME 12:45PM
Bristol - Public meeting at City Hall 5.30PM
Tuesday 10 March
Cardiff - lunchtime meet-up and group picture holding the letters THIS IS OUR HOME 12:45PM
Cardiff - Eurocafé 5.30PM
Thursday 12 March
Belfast - lunchtime meet-up and group picture holding the letters THIS IS OUR HOME 12:45PM
Belfast - Eurocafé 5.00PM
Friday 13 March
Edinburgh - lunchtime meet-up and group picture holding the letters THIS IS OUR HOME 1:00PM
Edinburgh - Eurocafé 5.30PM
Saturday 14 March
Fort Williams - lunchtime meet-up and group picture holding the letters THIS IS OUR HOME and Eurocafé. 2PM
Monday 16 March
Newcastle - lunchtime meet-up and group picture holding the letters THIS IS OUR HOME 12.45PM
Newcastle - Eurocafé 5.30PM
Tuesday 17 March
Liverpool - lunchtime meet-up and group picture holding the letters THIS IS OUR HOME 12.30PM
Liverpool - Eurocafé 5.30PM
Wednesday 18 March
Birmingham - lunchtime meet-up and group picture holding the letters THIS IS OUR HOME 12.30PM
Birmingham - Eurocafé 5.30PM
Thursday 19 March
Southampton - lunchtime meet-up and group picture holding the letters THIS IS OUR HOME 12.30PM
Southampton - Eurocafé 5.30PM
While we are organising these dates ourselves, we realise many places are missing, but there are very few of us.
This is why we are inviting you to do your own THIS IS OUR HOME event in your city or town to engage with fellow EU citizens in your community. To do so, please fill this form, and we will come back to you shortly.
In other news, Ilse Mogensen and I met with Joâo Vale de Almeida, the new EU ambassador to the UK last week.
The ambassador told us he would be attentive to our concerns and asked we share with you his commitment to the protection of our citizens’ rights. Well, it didn’t take. See this article in the Guardian yesterday:
Last week, the government finally published the ICIBI’s second report on the EU Settlement Scheme. Our research associate Kuba Jablonowski wrote a blog for FreeMovement, in which he highlights the scheme’s disguised refusals and a lack of equality monitoring. Worryingly, the report contains data which we had requested last autumn in a Freedom of Information request, which was refused.
Finally, we have TWO CALLS TO ACTION this week:
1. Please write to your MP, asking them to support the early day motion tabled by Labour MP Kate Green so our rights under the Withdrawal Agreement will apply to all EU citizens living in the UK, not just those who have applied to the Settled Status scheme.
For more information on why this is vital for so many EU citizens, please check our infopage at:
Detail about the early day motion:
Write to your MP:
2. Have you been asked to provide proof of your status under the EU settlement scheme (EUSS)?
If so, we invite you to participate in the Public Law Project survey on Settled Status checks and the impacts of having a digital-only status:
Nicolas, founder member of the3million, the EU citizens' group
Many organisations are asking you to donate money for EU citizens but if you do, please choose the3million. Since 2016, we have been the leading organisation of EU citizens and no-one is better placed to continue to fight for our rights and against discrimination.
Join our 600-strong team of regular donors today. In 2020, we will continue to campaign to stop the Government making hundreds of thousands EU citizens unlawful in 2021, to secure physical documents, to maintain voting rights at local elections and to ease our access to British citizenship.
We simply couldn't do it without you and you can make a difference by becoming a supporter for the price of a cup of coffee a month.
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:
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.
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