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July 1, 2022

EU Citizens of Colour, the EUSS + the post-Brexit Immigration Journey

Join Migrants’ Rights Network + Migrants at Work, on 14 July 2022 (6-7.30pm) for the second installment in our ‘Who Is Welcome?’ online event series, addressing how the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is failing EU Citizens of colour + their family members. This is an opportunity for people of Colour with lived experience of the EUSS to share their stories + experiences.

About this event

The Law Centres Network demonstrated in a *report published last year, that a significant proportion of their clients (44.3%) were Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) with complex EUSS (EU Settlement Scheme) cases. However, this is not the most worrying issue. They also found that 83.8% of third country nationals were accessing support in comparison to 11.4% of white applicants.

We already know the EUSS fails to monitor and report on ethnicity, so official government figures do not exist on how EU citizens of colour are navigating the EUSS.

Brexit was always going to bring additional hurdles to those who moved or are moving to the UK. But for people of colour who are EU citizens, or their family members, navigating the EUSS has been a journey of administrative burden, loss + misery. EU citizens of colour have been left in limbo, with difficulties accessing work, benefits or housing, + in some cases they have also been left at risk of destitution.

A scheme that disproportionately and negatively affects people of colour is by design discriminatory.

We invite people affected by the scheme to come + share their stories together, + to collectively discuss how we can increase visibility + representation, + bring resolution to these struggles.

Speakers

Chair- Fizza Qureshi (CEO of Migrants’ Rights Network).

Aké Achi (Founder + Director of Migrants at Work)- who will be sharing his experience of trying to engage the EU to look at this as an issue before the EUSS started.

Abdulgadir Ali (CEO of Ileys Community Association)- who works with EU citizens of Somali heritage.

Dina Mendes (nurse + human rights activist).

Latin American House- who will be sharing their experience of supporting people of colour with the EUSS.

Attendees with lived experience of the EUSS.

Tickets

For more info, + to book tickets, click here.

Series Updates

This is the second event in our ‘Who is Welcome?’ event series. The recording for the first event can be accessed here.

We will be posting all the latest announcements and updates regarding this series across all our other socials, which can be accessed via our Linktree.

In solidarity,

MRN

#whoiswelcome 🏴