Unsettled Status? Which EU Citizens are at Risk of Failing to Secure their Rights after Brexit?

Bericht der Organisation The Migration Observatory mit wichtigen Informationen über die Teile der EU-Bürger in Großbritannien, die durch das Netz fallen könnten.


As the UK moves towards Brexit, the government is designing a system to give EU citizens who are already living in the UK ‘settled status.’ The EU-UK agreement that underpins this process is not final or legally binding, but its basic parameters are known and the government has set out the principles for implementing it. Government plans announced so far propose that the process will be mandatory, with a deadline for applying; that the application process will be streamlined and more ‘user-friendly’ than existing Home Office applications; and that the eligibility criteria will be simplified so that (almost) all EU citizens living in the UK at the point of Brexit will be eligible.

One challenge facing any large-scale government programme is coverage: how to enable everyone who is eligible to participate. For EU citizens to secure settled status, they will need to (1) know about the programme and the need to apply; (2) be able to navigate the system and make an application; and (3) be able to demonstrate that they have been living in the UK. Irish citizens will not need settled status to continue living in the UK, so are excluded where possible from the data in this report.

EU citizens living in the UK are on average a highly educated population that should not be expected to have problems understanding and navigating a simplified application process. However, securing settled status will be more difficult for certain groups of people, whether because they lack awareness of the process or the need to apply, are vulnerable for different reasons (such as abuse or exploitation), have difficulty navigating the application system, or cannot provide evidence of time spent in the UK. It is not possible to know exactly what share of EU citizens will fall into these categories but it is possible to analyse some of the characteristics associated with greater risk.

First, a potentially significant number of people may not be aware that they can and need to apply. In practice many different people could fall into this category, although specific groups include:

  • Children whose parents do not themselves apply, do not realise that children need to apply, or mistakenly believe that their UK-born children are automatically UK citizens. There are more than 900,000 children of non-Irish EU citizen parents living in the UK, born either here or abroad. This includes an estimated 239,000 UK-born children whose parents report that they are UK citizens, but available data suggest that tens of thousands of these children may not be.
  • Very long-term residents, such as the estimated 146,000 non-Irish EU citizens who arrived at least 30 years ago.
  • People who have already applied for permanent residence—at least 146,000 non-Irish EU citizens have been granted permanent residence since 2004 but are not yet UK citizens.
  • People who believe they are ineligible, such as people who have previously been rejected for permanent residence under the existing, more restrictive system (e.g. self-sufficient people without private health insurance), or people with minor criminal convictions or cautions.

Second, applications may be more difficult for people who are already vulnerable or have reduced autonomy for some reason. For example, victims of domestic abuse, particularly if they rely on a partner for evidence, could struggle to complete the process. EU citizens are less likely than British nationals to be victims of domestic abuse, although an estimated 50,000 EU citizen women reported experiencing some form of abuse (either once or repeatedly) in the year ending March 2017. Other vulnerable groups include victims of exploitation who have not been paid for their work, and people living in poverty or without stable housing. By their nature, such groups are difficult to quantify and the types and severity of the barriers they face will vary.

Third, some people will struggle to navigate an application due to difficulties accessing or using the application. This could be because of factors such as:

  • Language barriers. Data on language proficiency are imperfect but in 2015 around 250,000 non-Irish EU nationals reported language difficulties in keeping or finding work.
  • Age or disability, ranging from barriers to using an online system or identifying offline sources of help to problems associated with memory loss when sourcing evidence and identity documents. EU citizens are a relatively young population but an estimated 56,000 were age 75 or above in 2017.
  • Digital exclusion,that is, lack of computer literacy or online access required to navigate a primarily digital system. Internet use is high among EU citizens, but in early 2017 an estimated 2% or 64,000 non-Irish EU citizens nonetheless said that they had never used the internet.

Fourth, some people could have difficulty demonstrating that they have been living in the UK. The extent of this barrier to securing settled status is likely to depend heavily on policy decisions about what kinds of ‘non-official’ evidence are acceptable and how many different forms are required. The people with the greatest difficulty producing evidence will be those who lack evidence of both residence and economic activity. This could include:

  • People without bank accounts, who are conducting their daily lives in cash (whether they are working or non-working—such as retirees or people looking after family). An estimated 3.4% of people age 18 and over do not have bank accounts, equivalent to just over 90,000 non-Irish EU citizen adults.
  • Non-working partners, unpaid carers, people working cash in handand young people not in education, employment or trainingwho also lack proof of address in their name (for example because they were living rent free with parents or friends) may find it difficult to show that they have been living in the UK if their daily activities have not generated a paper trail.
  • People who have arrived shortly before the cut-off date for eligibility. People who arrive in the weeks and months preceding the cut-off date (currently expected to be December 2020) are more likely not to have bank accounts, leases, or potentially verifiable informal activity such as membership of clubs or contracts for services.
  • People without passports or national identity documents may have difficulty demonstrating their nationality. At the time of the 2011 Census, 100,000 or 5% of EU-born residents of England and Wales reported not holding a passport.

Simply having one of the characteristics identified in this report does not mean that a person will fail to secure settled status. People are likely to face greater difficulties if there is a combination of factors. For example, barriers to access due to language, disability or lack of digital literacy will be most relevant for people with complex cases because they lack evidence, or for those who are isolated and cannot easily rely on friends and family for help.

The individuals who are most likely to be excluded from the settled status process are those who are already vulnerable for other reasons. This includes victims of abuse and exploitation, and isolated people who are not participating in mainstream institutions such as banking and formal work or study. Many of these people are likely to need help completing the process, and their ability to do so will also be influenced by policy decisions such as what kinds of informal evidence can be accepted.

Finally, arguably the biggest challenge if the government aims for comprehensive take-up of settled status is awareness about the need to apply. There are some large groups of people who would not normally be classified as ‘vulnerable’ but who may not realise that they need to apply, from children to very long-term residents to people who already hold permanent residence documents. In addition, there will be people who simply forget or delay their application until after the deadline expires. These people’s inclusion in the process will be in part a function of how well accurate information is circulated. If a significant number of eligible people do not apply, enforcing a strict deadline would increase the illegally resident EU-national population in the UK. As a result, perhaps one of the most important unresolved policy questions affecting the completeness of the settled status process is what contingency plans will be in place for people who do not apply by the deadline.

Den ausführlichen Bericht können Sie hier lesen.

BBC „Top of the Shop“ Folge 7: „Baked goods“ mit der Bayerin Angelika Searle aus Bolton

Angelika Searle aus Bolton backt Brezel – in der BBC-Serie „Top of the shop“ – jetzt auf iPlayer:

In this final heat, four food producers with fledgling businesses come to test out their products on the locals in Malhamdale, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. They have two days in the shop to promote and sell their products. This time it is the turn of producers making baked goods who are fighting it out for one place in the final.

Phoebe, a youth worker from London, makes free-from chocolate brownies. She took a long time perfecting the recipe and trying to recreate the perfect brownie without using gluten or dairy. However, whether customers think she has managed to do that remains to be seen. Bavarian-born Angelika now lives in Lancashire where she makes and sells pretzels. However, with pretzels making up a fraction of the bread market, she must be canny with her marketing to make a success of her venture.

Mike works for a tech company, but in his spare time bakes traditional sourdough. He sells it to neighbours in his Cumbrian village who love it, but will the locals take to it in the same way? Finally, Utako works in finance in London, but makes Japanese bread on the side. However, she’ll have to work hard to bring such an unknown product to the masses in the UK.

Tom Kerridge meets members of the community as they try the range of baked treats on offer, including heading down to the local pub for a quiz night. Meanwhile judges Alison Swan Parente and Nisha Katona visit the food producers at home to see how well their product is made and decide how well they promote and sell their item to the Yorkshire locals in the shop. The winner is the fledgling business that is most viable, and deserving of the title best up and coming artisan.


the3million – free guided tour of Manchester Samstag 5. Mai mit Schwerpunkt Immigration

This guided tour around Manchester city centre will focus on migration and science, religious tolerance and the Hidden Gem.
The walk will start at Victoria Station, under the tiled map at the far end, at 10.00, and we will finish around 12.30, near the Village.

Tour Guide: Mr Steve Roman


Deutschsprachige Führung in Ancoats und New Islington (Manchester) mit dem Deutsch Centre am 12.5.

Ancoats to New Islington
In the 18th and 19th centuries Ancoats developed into ‘the World’s first industrial suburb,’ with housing and cotton mills cheek by jowl – an ‘industrial powerhouse’. For much of the last century this 50 acre site was in sorry decline, however nowadays it has been designated an ‘urban village’ and we see how, once again, this area will be a vibrant and dynamic centre for new ways of living, working and leisure in the 21st century.
Be amazed by exciting experiments in housing – an apartment block shaped like a plate of chips? Houses in an Argyll sweater design? Discover an apple orchard in the centre of Manchester!

The tour is held in simplified German with English summaries when neccessary.

Anmeldung bei Eventbrite  Kosten £10

Sat 12 May 2018 14:30 – 16:30 BST

Treffpunkt vor dem Crown & Kettle pub
2 Oldham Road
M4 5FE


MUSICAL im neuen Musiktheater Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats, Manchester


Music by Duncan Sheik         Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater

Perhaps the defining musical of the last decade, Spring Awakening combines an electrifying rock score and genre-defying writing to tell the story of sexual and adolescent discovery. Silenced and dismissed in the firmly censored world of 19th century Germany, a group of teenagers are forced to discover the truth behind their feelings unaided. They find that through each other they unlock a bold and brave new world – with both beautiful and tragic consequences.

An international sensation and winner of 8 Tony and 4 Olivier Awards, Spring Awakening receives its first major UK revival in a bold new production at The Hope Mill Theatre, directed by Luke Sheppard.

Noch bis zum 3. Mai

Youth Seminar ‚Finding Our Place In History‘ in Berlin


Are you passionate about building a stronger future together and learning important lessons from our past? Would you like to take part in discussions and workshops with other British and German young people?



If you are interested in history, and discussing identity, reconciliation and more, this is the seminar for you. We will combine these themes through site visits and lively discussions, which will bring young people from the UK and Germany together to work on projects to promote a better, more united future.

Berlin  1 – 3 June 2018

UK-German Connection will cover all seminar costs, including flights, local and domestic travel and full board and lodging.

Participants will book their own travel to London (see below) in order to travel to and from Berlin with the whole UK group. The cost of your domestic travel will be reimbursed after the seminar.

A small fee of £25 will be requested from selected participants to confirm their participation.

Who can apply?

You can apply if you:

  • are aged 16-19 (younger pupils aged 14 or 15 can also apply if accompanied by an older pupil from the same school)
  • are a UK resident
  • can demonstrate a strong interest in the themes detailed above, as well as a strong interest in discussing the topic with UK and German peers, and, ideally, some prior involvement in similar activities or other projects related to the themes
  • are willing and able to actively take part in the seminar and contribute to the discussions and activities.
  • are willing and able to complete preparation work for the seminar which will include reading and engaging with (at least part of) ‚The House by the Lake‘ by Thomas Harding.

German language skills are not required for the seminar. Some German language elements will be included in the seminar but you don’t need any prior knowledge and/or translations will be provided.

A max. number of 3 pupils from one school can apply to take part. If 2 or more are attending, the pupils should be from different year groups and/or subject areas.
Active support from both your school and parent(s)/guardian(s) is essential.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the seminar, please contact Aimée Hardy at:

Email: youthseminar@ukgermanconnection.org
Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 1570

NDR-Dokumentation über Geriatrie in Huddersfield mit Gudrun Seebass

45-minütige NDR-Dokumentation über Geriatrie, in der auch die Arbeit von Gemeindemitglied Gudrun Seebass in Huddersfield vorkommt.


22:00 Uhr 45 Min Omas Pillen-Falle – Gefährliche Medikamente im Alter | NDR Fernsehen

Die Zahl der alten Menschen steigt. Und mit dem Alter auch der Medikamentenkonsum. Doch viele Tabletten helfen nicht immer viel – im Gegenteil: Denn im Alter verändert sich der Stoffwechsel. Tabletten, die 40- oder 50-Jährigen gut helfen, wirken mit 70 plötzlich ganz anders. Meist hat kein Arzt den Überblick über all die verschiedenen Medikamente, die der Patient einnimmt. Denn neben dem Hausarzt schreiben auch Fachärzte den alten Menschen fleißig Rezepte. Das kann schwere Folgen haben.

Artikel in der Krankenhauszeitung

Camera, Lights…. Gudrun! Our geriatrician shows Germany how we care

A documentary team from Germany has been following our Dr Gudrun Seebass earlier this week.  The aim is to highlight the role of the geriatrician in the NHS. In Germany they only work in rehab units. Germany is possibly looking to change its model of care and the TV company contacted the British Geriatric Society (BGS) asking for an opportunity to film the work of a geriatrician in the NHS.

Dr Eileen Burns, president of the BGS and from Leeds, contacted Gudrun who has been with us for 12 years (18 if you count her time as a trainee) asking if her work with teams and patients at Huddersfield could feature.

Gudrun said: „It took me quite some time to summon the confidence to respond to this request. Comms were hugely supportive and after a few delays we finally managed to do the filming at the very last minute – the documentary is due to be cut on Thursday and Friday this week.“

„This was a fascinating experience for me and I certainly did not get any time to be nervous or self-conscious – I was far too occupied doing my work in front of the camera, trying to answer their questions in German (which at one point led to me speaking in German to staff!) and coordinating all the different encounters for the documentary.“

She added she enjoyed reconnecting with healthcare in German. „Having lost all professional contact with medicine in Germany after completing my thesis in Geriatric Rehab in 1997 this was an opportunity to reconnect with my previous life from a new perspective. The other two services for older patients featuring in the documentary are a Geriatric rehab hospital in Hamburg where one of my cousins is a nurse and a community project in North Eastern Germany.“

She thanked CHFT colleagues who helped it happen.

„I am hugely grateful to senior managemenof our trust for allowing us to go ahead despite the winter pressures, to all staff on my acute elderly care ward 15A who rose to the challenge only five weeks after being opened, to the frailty team and A/E, to my junior and middle grade team, to ward 19 and 21, to staff at the Oakmoor rehab unit in Moorland’s Grange, the locum GP who happened to do a session at Oakmoor when we arrived and first and foremost to all the patients and relatives in all these different areas who agreed to help without any notice. Together we managed to convey how Geriatric medicine provides continuity and support across the whole spectrum of the patient’s journey and how working in this environment is fascinating and rewarding.“

All the footage from Huddersfield will be condensed to 15 mins and will be broadcast on German national television in March and will then be available to watch on the NDR mediathek website.

Producer Dörte Petsch, said: „We were very happy that this visit took place and that consultant Gudrun Seebass showed us how medicine for olderly people works in the UK. As we are workingon a documentary for the public northern German broadcaster (like BBC) about Geriatic medicine, we were very interested how it looks like in England. We were very happy that we got such an intense overview from our short visit how it looks like in England.“

„What really impressed me is that there is a connection between the hospital medicine, outpatients and community which doesn´t exist like this in Germany. Also the way all nurses and specialised nurses are working together for the improvement of the patients. What we filmed was very interesting and it will be a very nice contribution for our documentary.“ 

„It was a very nice atmosphere; everyone was so friendly to the patients as well as to us. We really felt welcome: Thank you!“

Informal international networking 7.3. – Liverpool

WWW WorldWide Wednesday is a new international network and monthly gathering.  Launched in Liverpool on 6 September 2017, WWW brings people together who travel, work, study, live abroad – united in diversity.  #WorldWideWednesday aims to create opportunities for all as we build new bridges within and between our communities.

Our regular WWW monthly events enable people from different backgrounds and nationalities to meet, learn from and share with each other in an informal, relaxing environment. …

Wed 7 March 2018

17:30 – 20:30 GMT

Avenue HQ
17 Mann Island
L3 1BP

Anmeldung auf Eventbrite

Legal Advice Forum Manchester 5.3. 18.30 Uhr

Anmeldung auf Eventbrite



Are you an EU/EEA national living in the UK? Worried about your rights and options post-Brexit?

Although the legal status of EU/EEA nationals in the UK will not change until the UK concludes its exit from the European Union, the government has so far refused to guarantee our rights.

Can we take any steps now to safeguard our futures? Join us for an evening of advice about Permanent Residency, Settled Status, Citizenship and how they may apply to you.


6:30PM – Doors, Introduction by Maurizio Rodorigo, INCA UK

6:40PM – Presentation by Victoria Sharkey, Immigration Lawyer

7:00PM – Q&A


Victoria Sharkey

Victoria Sharkey

Level 3 OISC immigration adviser. Victoria has practised immigration law since 1998. Initially with a London based private immigration firm, where she specialised in work permit applications for IT professionals.

She subsequently spent 18 months in India working with several multinational IT firms, moving project workers and their families to the UK, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

What topics will be covered?

What is the proposed “Settled Status” and the permanent residency (PR) document? What paperwork will I need? What will they cost?

What if I was a student / unemployed / out of the country / on maternity leave during my time in the UK? Can I still apply?

Am I eligible for citizenship / naturalisation?

Is this a free event?

There is small charge to attend the event. The charge covers part of the organisation of the event. If you are not able to afford the fee, please contact us. A ticket will be allocated to you.

I’m not an EU/EEA national. Can I still come?

Yes, we are happy for British nationals with good intention of supporting their EU friends to come and attend the evening!

Can I bring my own questions?

Yes, there will be a Q&A session after the talk.

Can I come and complain about how terrible Brexit is?

THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE A POLITICAL FORUM. As upset as we EU/EEA nationals may be by the result of the referendum, this evening is designed to offer legal advice.

The Elastic Self – Workshop mit Österreicherin Petra Sterry 20.2., Liverpool University

Wer möchte, sammelt alte Magazine oder Zeitungen um Abbildungen, Wörter oder Buchstaben auszuschneiden. Nach der kurzen Einführung erfolgt der praktische Teil. Sie schreiben oder zeichnen auf eine Karte oder bekleben diese. Bringen Sie eventuell einen Stift oder Farben sowie Schere und Klebstoff mit. Eine Postkarte erhalten Sie von mir.


Dienstag 20. Februar
Language Lounge
1-7 Abercromby Square
Liverpool L69 7WY
Anmeldung/Infos: hlcevent@liverpool.ac.uk