European Union Citizens entitled to remain post-Brexit: deal or no deal;
Funding support announced.
STEP has consistently highlighted that the only cast-iron agreement already in place on Brexit is that, deal or no deal, EU citizens already resident in UK will be able to remain here without loss of their existing entitlement, and that access to this entitlement has been available since 01 April 2019 through the EU Settlement Scheme. We are also proud to have supported the successful UK-wide campaign to abolish the registration fee for the scheme.
We are excited to have now secured financial resources for The Stronger Together Network to assist EU citizens throughout N. Ireland who may have difficulty in completing the online registration to do so before the current deadline for registration expires on 30 March 2020.
This collaborative Stronger Together project is one of 57 applications across the UK to be awarded funding by UK Home Office to assist those in need of support.
Key partners in the delivery of the project include the local inter-ethnic forums and migrant support organisations at local level:
• North West Migrant Forum – Derry/Londonderry
• Inter-Ethnic Forum Ballymena
• Strabane Ethnic Community Association
• Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group
• Cultural Integration Programme – Craigavon
• YMCA North Down
• Building Communities Resource Centre
• Belfast Round Table
• The Welcome Project – Lisburn
together with the expertise of immigration advice and racial equality of regional partners:
• STEP Migrant Rights & Law Centre
• Law CentreNI
• Children’s Law Centre
• Stronger Together Network
Bernadette McAliskey, CEO at STEP said: “this will be one of the most challenging pieces of work we have collectively undertaken in ensuring equality of access for the most vulnerable. We are determined that no one will be left behind and there will be no ‘Brexit’ generation of people in N. Ireland whose rights have been diminished because they missed this time-limited opportunity. The project will also provide employment opportunities for bilingual advisors, support workers and immigration advisors across the partner organisations.”
More information about the scheme can be accessed here or by contacting STEP on 028 8775 0211
Pictured below: Staff of the key partners undergoing training and above – managers from the key partner prganizations