Brexit help for EU citizens
Advice and support to stay in Scotland.
EU citizens affected by changes to the immigration rules as a result of Brexit are to be offered extra support and advice.
The EU Citizens’ Rights Project, backed by £50,000 from the Scottish Government, will deliver nationwide events to raise awareness about what they need to do to stay in Scotland after Brexit.
The focus will be on helping vulnerable EU citizens who may have more complex needs or who may face barriers to applying for settled status, and may need additional support. Immigration lawyers will offer expert advice and interpretation will be available where appropriate.
Migration Minister Ben Macpherson yesterday said:
“EU citizens significantly enrich our society and make a huge contribution to Scotland’s economy and public services. My message to them is simple: you will always be welcome in Scotland, we want you to stay and we will support you to stay. That is why the Scottish Government launched our Stay in Scotland campaign earlier this year.
“It is deplorable that the UK Government is forcing EU citizens to apply to retain their existing rights, and we continue to urge the UK Government to implement a declaratory system. However we also want to ensure that people remain in Scotland and that they are informed and supported when applying for settled status.
“That is why we are funding the Citizens’ Rights Project to deliver a series of outreach and information events for EU citizens and their families across Scotland. These events will raise awareness of the EU Settlement Scheme, provide applicants with the necessary information, and signpost to available support to help people to stay.”
Noelia Martinez, Project Coordinator for the Citizens Rights Project, yesterday said:
“This type of support is extremely important for EU citizens in Scotland who are concerned about what would happen to their rights after Brexit. Many, like myself, have successfully applied for Settled Status, but we know from our previous outreach and information work that there are still lots of EU citizens who are not sure about how to apply, or have faced difficulties in making application.
“This further funding is very welcome, as it will allow us to continue our work, with an emphasis in particular on reaching vulnerable EU citizens, and those who live in more remote areas of Scotland.”
EU Citizens’ Rights Project provides information, advice and support for EU citizens in Scotland.
In April, a package of support to help EU citizens stay in Scotland was unveiled, including £250,000 of dedicated resource for community based support.
Latest News from
170,000 children eligible for new benefit17/01/2020 10:05:00
Applications will be taken in advance for Scottish Child Payment to help with expected high demand.
Access to higher education continues to widen17/01/2020 08:05:00
Scottish universities ‘ahead of schedule’ on closing deprivation gap.
Uniform Business Rate reforms16/01/2020 15:05:00
Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes has replied to a letter from the Scottish business community highlighting the Scottish Government’s support for maintaining the Uniform Business Rate.
Offshore wind summit16/01/2020 14:18:00
Scottish companies will benefit from new steps to increase the number of offshore wind contracts staying in Scotland.
Protecting Scotland’s standards for trade16/01/2020 13:05:00
Any new trade deals must avoid ‘race to the bottom’.
Report of the Small-Scale Hydro Plant and Machinery Review16/01/2020 12:05:00
The report sets out the findings of the review of small-scale Hydro Plant and Machinery in Scotland.
Primary Care National Out of Hours Oversight Group: terms of reference16/01/2020 10:05:00
Terms of reference for the Primary Care National Out of Hours Oversight Group.