EU Citizens’ Rights in Northern Ireland Post-Brexit.
The Stronger Together Network is delighted to invite you to an online seminar raising the profile of the Home Office EU Settlement Scheme and exploring its blessings & pitfalls for EU citizens living in Northern Ireland.
The Home Office European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is supposed to protect the post-Brexit rights of EU Citizens resident in UK prior 31 December 2020. Stronger Together EUSS Partnership has directly supported almost half of the 66,000 N. Ireland submissions to date. By March 2021, there will only be 3 months left to apply before the 30th June deadline.
We plan to celebrate the number of EU citizens choosing to stay here post-Brexit and raise the profile of the scheme to ensure maximum uptake. We will examine the implications of not applying, some issues around the system itself, and ‘imagine’ Belfast if all our EU residents ‘upped and left.’
Stronger Together Network is as a network of organisations who work predominantly with culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The key outcomes are to work towards racial equality, increase sharing of information and good practice and identification of partnership opportunities. Nine organisations make up the consortium who currently lead the network: STEP, Chinese Welfare Association, Inter Ethnic Forum, Building Communities Resource Centre, African & Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland, VPRS ESOL Coordination Point, Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group and North West Migrants Forum.
There are currently over 250 members representing BAME organisations, individuals, community sector, volunteer sector and public service sector. In light of Brexit and its implications for EU citizens and their families living in Northern Ireland, Stronger Together became involved in campaigning to protect people’s rights post-Brexit and became one of organisations funded by the Home Office to support individuals in making applications to EU Settlement Scheme.
As the June 2021 deadline is approaching fast, we are keen to encourage as many people as possible to apply as well as raise awareness of how to update and prove immigration status post application. During this event we will briefly reflect on how the Scheme has been rolled out in NI, how many have applied and on the application process itself. We will explore main questions and concerns raised by campaigners and rights-based organisations such as the3Million and Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
Find out more: strongertogetherni.org