Just Citizens: could you be part of our new advisory panel?

Just Citizens: could you be part of our new advisory panel?

The hostile environment, Windrush, BrexitIn 2020 what does it mean to be a citizen in Scotland? And what does it mean when you are not one, just because of where you come from? 

Just Citizens is a JustRight Scotland project that believes everyone living in Scotland has the right to belong, whether EU citizen, refugee, asylum seeker, other migrant or native Scot. 

We want to challenge the injustice around citizenship – and to make a case for everyone living in Scotland to be able to access equal rights, regardless of their immigration status. 

But to do this Just Citizens needs your help. We are looking to recruit a migrant-led network group of about 10 people to help our small team explore what a fairer, more just type of citizenship might look like in Scotland. You will help advise on our legal, policy, campaigning and communications work around citizenship – your views will be reflected in the work we do. 

So if you are a migrant living here and you have a view, we want to hear from you. We are also interested in hearing from native Scots who want to work in solidarity with migrants, and who understand the experience of being marginalised. 

In return we’ll offer workshops, training and networking opportunities. And we’ll listen when you tell us what needs to change, what that change would look like and work with you to develop ways to take that message most effectively to those in power. 

A citizens’ stipend – a payment made at the equivalent of £10 per hour – will be provided in the form of vouchers, as we aim to be inclusive of those not legally entitled to receive cash. Due to ongoing covid-19 restrictions, our work is likely to be online for coming months – we can help with training and access there too. We are looking for people who can commit about four hours per month. Any additional work will be agreed, and paid, on top. 

To register your interest please email Talat Yaqoob – talat@justrightscotland.org.uk – explaining why you want to be involved, and what you could bring to our panel. If you’d like to know more, please just email and arrange a chat. We really look forward to hearing from you. 

*** Guest post from Just Citizens