Mision and vision
EU Citizens’ Rights Project provides information, advice and support for EU citizens in Scotland by connecting groups and organisations working within European communities. We are a group of third sector workers, researchers, legal experts and volunteers. You can find more about our core team here.
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.
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 & featured in local, national and community press. The factsheets, of which 15,000 copies were printed and distributed across Scotland by our partner organisations were available in English, Polish, Spanish, Romanian, Lithuanian and Latvian. To answer the clear demand in the community, we continued the series in early Autumn 2018. This included events in Lerwick, Livingston, Dundee, Perth and Ayr, as well as specialist sessions in Polish, Romanian and Slovak in Edinburgh & Glasgow.
The second phase of our project began in September 2018, with the help of a grant from the Scottish Government. It featured another series of events, the launching of this website with information on EU citizens’ rights, and organising focus groups. We also enabled consultations to promote research and needs analysis of issues affecting EU27 citizens in Scotland, particularly those arising out of the Brexit process.
In Spring 2019, and with the support of the Scottish Government, we continued to engage with a number of third sector organisations to provide more specialist, translated sessions for particular groups of EU citizens and briefing sessions for advisers. This funding have been extended (until March 2020), and from September 2019, we are delivering information sessions for EU/EEA citizens and their families on Brexit,citizens rights and the EU Settlement Scheme, in partnership with Citizens Advice Scotland and other organisations providing support in applying for EUSS. We focus in particular on vulnerable groups, EU citizens living outside the Central Belt and groups requiring interpreting.
In addition, we are also organising another series of briefing events for third sector and local government workers, where attendees learn about the EU Settlement Scheme and the right of EEA citizens and their families to reside in the UK after Brexit, as well as other questions about UK citizenship and matters such access to housing, benefits and services, and.get signposted to any relevant materials and support tools, such as Home Office toolkits, and specific advice services for citizens who need to apply to the new scheme.
We work closely with organisations and communities that approached us during the previous stages of our project. However, we are also open to new partnerships and to organise information events in locations we have not reached in the past. If you would like to organise an outreach event with us, email as on firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more information here.
You may find our research into Brexit-related EU Citizens’ needs by clicking here.