About the project
EU Citizens’ Rights Project provides information, advice and support for EU citizens in Scotland and connects groups and organisations working with the community. We are a group of third sector workers, researchers, legal experts and volunteers. You may read more about our core team in the “About us” tab.
Our aim is to assist EU nationals in accessing information and advice on citizens’ rights, and to encourage and facilitate their contacts with public sector and government organisations. We want to inform EU nationals about opportunities available to them in Scotland, but also to promote awareness of their concerns and needs, especially those raised by the likelihood of Brexit.
We launched in Spring 2018. Our first activities were undertaken with assistance of the European Commission Office in Scotland. They comprised two parts: a series of four events for EU nationals, informing them on their rights’ before and after Brexit, and production, printing and distribution of multilingual factsheets on Brexit negotiations.
The meetings in Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow were attended by nearly 400 EU nationals and featured in local, national and community press. The factsheets, printed in 15,000 copies and distributed across Scotland by our partner organisations, are now available online in English, Polish, Spanish, Romanian, Lithuanian and Latvian. To answer the clear demand in the community, we continued the series in early Autumn 2018, including events in Lerwick, Livingston, Dundee, Perth and Ayr, as well as specialist sessions in Polish, Romanian and Slovak in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The second phase of our project started in September 2018, with the help of a grant from the Scottish Government. It features another series of events, launching this website with information on EU citizens’ rights, and organising focus groups and consultations to promote research and needs analysis of issues affecting EU27 citizens in Scotland, particularly those that will arise as a result of Brexit.
Apart from bigger sessions, we also engage with a number of third sector organisations to provided more specialist, translated sessions for particular groups of EU citizens.