Lack of trust in UK government’s settled status scheme pushes EU citizens to apply for naturalisation: new reports launched today reveal

New reports by IRiS researchers: Nando Sigona, Laurence Lessard-Phillips and Marie Godin published today on the impact of Brexit on EU parents and children

EU families & Eurochildren in Brexiting Britain

Many EU nationals have lost trust the UK government and its Settled status scheme and feel they are being pushed to apply for British citizenship as the only viable way to secure the position of their families in the long run.

Eurochildren, which is researching the lives on EU citizens in the UK, has released three new reports covering the legal, statistical and sociological aspects of the impact of Brexit on EU families.

Nando Sigona, Director of the Eurochildren study and Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham said:

Thousands of children are born every year in the UK to EU parents, many in mixed-nationality families (including British-born parents), to them Brexit and the growing gulf between the EU and Britain poses a profound and even existential challenge. There is no ‘going home’ option for them.

Below a brief summary of the key…

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From mobile citizens to migrants: joint event at the British Library

This event, organised by Eurochildren  and BrExpats and sponsored by The UK in a Changing Europe initiative, is free and open to the public but registration is required via Eventbrite

EU families & Eurochildren in Brexiting Britain

In the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s referendum on their continued membership of the European Union and the ongoing negotiations into the issue of citizens’ rights, EU27 nationals living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU27, stand to see their legal status shift from that of mobile citizens to migrants. This has consequences in respect to the structures that support their continued residence and rights in the places that they have made their homes. It is becoming apparent that there are outstanding questions about who will be able to stay put and on what terms.

This roundtable to be held on 21 May, 2-5pm at the British Library (Eliot Room) is organised in collaboration by Eurochildren and BrExpats. It brings together an expert panel to seek to reposition this discussion within the broader context of conversations about migration and citizenship, from who is a migrant to…

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