EU Settlement Scheme Home Office Statistics

The Home Office is regularly publishing statistics on EU Settlement Scheme applications. You can find them on this link.

NOVEMBER 2021 | Impact and analysis of delays in the EU Settlement Scheme

In this report to the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA), the3milllion looks at the issues experienced by some EU citizens due to the delays on receiving an outcome for their EU Settlement Scheme applications.

As the3million states in this report,  “although the EU Settlement Scheme has processed over five million applications resulting in a brand-new immigration status in the relatively short time of two and half years, it is of the utmost importance not to overlook the hundreds of thousands of applicants who are yet to receive status, some of whom have been waiting for an extremely long time. (…)Delays to receiving immigration status have real-world impacts, as well as creating immense stress and anxiety for the individuals involved and their families.”

The document also includes recommendations that identify immediate solutions but also set out areas where the IMA should research, understand and challenge the risk of rights protected under the Withdrawal Agreement being abused or breached. The refusal of access to work, housing, support and healthcare has dire consequences for the people experiencing such refusals, and for the integrity of those rights.

AUGUST 2021 | The3Million submission to the Independent Monitoring Authority

In this report to the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA), the3milllion highlights the various barriers those with status and those without status will encounter now that the EU Settlement Scheme deadline has passed. These barriers reflect the complex and dangerous hostile environment mechanics established to prevent migrants without status from accessing work, housing and other vital services.

Their recommendations identify immediate solutions but also set out areas where the IMA should research, understand and challenge the risk of rights protected under the Withdrawal Agreement being abused or breached. The refusal of access to work, housing, support and healthcare has dire consequences for the people experiencing such refusals, and for the integrity of those rights.

AUGUST 2021 | Lives on hold

In their recent report Lives on Hold, the Works Right Centre use data from their frontline work to highlight ongoing issues identified since the EUSS deadline. A recurring problem was that people awaiting a decision often struggle to prove their right to work. Since publishing the report, they dug deeper into why this was happening and created a briefing about the Employer Checking Service, which they believe is part of the problem.

The Employer Checking Service is an online service for employers to check applicants’ right to work if they don’t have a ‘share code’. Often this happens when the applicant’s EUSS application is still pending. In their latest briefing, they highlight the service’s faults, as well as the remedial actions the Home Office should take to fix them. In summary, we found that contradictory wording, out-of-date information claiming that EEA nationals don’t require right-to-work checks, and a lack of clarity regarding applicants’ reference numbers make this service confusing to use.

AUGUST 2021 | EU Citizens’ Identity, Belonging & Representation Post-Brexit

This report by prof. Tanja Bueltmann and dr. Alexandra Bulat presents findings and data from the ‘EU Citizens’ Identity, Belonging and Representation Post-Brexit’ Survey conducted between 15 February and 15 March 2021.

The Survey was designed for adult EU/EEA/Swiss nationals or dual British-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who acquired British nationality through registration or naturalisation (not by birth) who normally live in the UK and arrived here before 31 December 2020. It contained a mix of ‘tick box’ and free comment questions around five clusters of questions covering: (1) status in the UK; (2) issues of identity; (3) views on belonging; (4) experiences of representation; and (5) standard demographic questions.

JUNE 2021 | A digital status in practice: first report on the findings from the3million’s digital status reporting tool

This report analyses the first six months of submissions to a reporting tool launched by the3million in December 2020 to better understand issues around the new digital-only status for EU citizens. The ‘report-it’ tool enables people to report their problems and experiences with the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) and the real-time data provides valuable insights about the functioning of the scheme in practice.

JUNE 2021 | The EU Settlement Scheme and the Hostile Environment

This briefing paper explores the implications of the end of the EU settlement scheme, outline which cohorts are at most risk as the deadline passes and sets out a series of urgent policy recommendations for addressing the risks to EU citizens and their family members.
 
The proposals focus on measures to protect the rights of people who miss the deadline, tackle the discrimination that may occur because of the scheme, and support those with pre-settled status to transition on to permanent residence.

MARCH 2021 | Citizens’ Rights Project Research Briefing: EU citizens’ access to welfare benefits and pensions

This paper, prepared by social-legal researcher Nina Miller Westoby (University of Glasgow), addresses a number of questions relating to the welfare benefits and pension entitlements of European Union citizens who began living in Scotland (or the UK) before the end of the transition period (31 December 2020) and who continue to live here. This paper is divided into two sections. The first section looks at the rights of Union citizens to access social assistance benefits in Scotland and the related terms of title II WA. The second section looks at the rights of Union citizens to access pensions and other social security benefits in Scotland and the related terms of title III WA.

This report by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants explores EEA+ care workers’ awareness, understanding and experiences of the EU Settlement Scheme. Our research finds that as well vulnerable EEA+ citizens, care workers and other key workers – the very people we are relying on to pull us through the COVID crisis – are in real danger of being left behind by the EU Settlement Scheme.

Some key findings:

  • 1 in 7 care workers surveyed online did not know or were not sure what the EUSS was
  • 1 in 3 care workers surveyed in person had not heard about the EUSS before we met them
  • 1 in 3 care workers surveyed online did not know that there was a deadline for the EUSS or did not know when it was

With the EUSS deadline less than six months away and the UK still very much in the grips of the COVID pandemic, the situation couldn’t be more urgent. The EUSS deadline must be lifted to prevent the creation of a significant new population of irregular migrants vulnerable to Hostile Environment policies, including detention and deportation.

More information about the report and campaign here.

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