Extra support and advice for EU citizens living in Scotland is being provided by The Scottish Government. Events will take place across Scotland by The EU Citizens’ Rights Project to provide advice and information post Brexit. The events will particularly focus on those EU citizens who need additional support.
Noelia Martinez, Project Coordinator for the Citizens Rights Project, 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.
£50,000 has been added to the £250,000 already made available to the project.
Ben Macpherson, Migration Minister in the Scottish Government 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.”
If you are an EU citizen living in Scotland you can find more advice and information by clicking on this link: EU Citizens’ Rights Project