Nearly half of EU citizens living in the UK fear their rights will be underestimated and that they will not be treated like the UK in the future. This is clear from a study conducted by the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMA), an organization that protects the rights of EU citizens.
EU citizens retain the same rights to live, work and access social security in the UK after Brexit, and must register through the “EU settlement plan” before June 30.
While most of the 3,000 respondents to the study from 27 countries felt that they had been treated like the British so far, almost half (44 per cent) did not believe it would continue in the future. Case.
IMA general manager Katherine Simberline said many Europeans did not trust the companies during the investigation. Moreover, one in two has never heard of their rights as a citizen. For example, only 48 percent are aware of mutual recognition of professional qualifications.
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One in ten respondents (11 per cent) plans to leave the UK after June 20, 2021, when the registration deadline expires. Reasons for that departure include distrust of the government, a sense that the UK is a less hospitable country due to Brexit, and concerns about the loss of rights.
According to the National Statistics Office (ONS), in 2019, 3.6 million EU citizens lived in the United Kingdom. However, by the end of March 2021, the Home Ministry had already received 5.6 million applications for registration.
The IMA concludes that “public authorities have a key role to play in restoring trust among European citizens.” In doing so, they need to pay extra attention to “vulnerable and marginalized” people.