According to one study, the majority see themselves treated equally to UK citizens, but do not believe that one in two will be treated equally in the future.
A study published on Thursday (13 May) stated that almost half of EU citizens living in Britain fear that their rights will be wiped out and that they will not be treated like the British in the future.
In theory, EU citizens retain the same rights to live, work and access social security in the UK after Brexit if they lived in this country before December 31, 2020, and a program before June 30. , Register through the “EU Settlement Scheme”. However, the majority of respondents treat themselves as UK citizens by identification, with one in two (44%) not confident that they will be treated equally in the future, an institution the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA) The study conducted by is responsible for protecting their rights. The latter was conducted online with some 3,000 people from 27 countries.
Study shows that “Lack of confidence” In institutions expressed by “Significant minority” At a press conference at the Foreign Press Association (FPA), IMA Director General Catherine Chamberlain said that European citizens. One in two respondents did not “Heard about their rights as citizens”. Lesser known rights are the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, of which only 48% are aware.
Plan to leave one in ten
One in 10 respondents (11%) plan to leave the UK after June 30, 2021, to register at the end of the grace period. Among the reasons given for the possible departure, A. “Lack of confidence” In government, there is a feeling that the UK is one “Less welcoming place” Due to Brexit, there is further concern that their rights will not be upheld.
According to an estimate by the National Bureau of Statistics (ONS) for 2019, there were 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK. However, by the end of March 2021, the Ministry of Interior had received 5.6 million registration requests.
In its findings, the IMA believes that “Public officials have an important role in building trust with European citizens” And people should pay special attention “Weak and marginalized”. Concerned that one in 10 respondents indicates that they will not complain in the event of a violation of their rights, the IMA invites those who report any problems to it.