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EU citizens fear discrimination in the UK. Poles among the greatest pessimists – EURACTIV.pl

A quarter of EU citizens living in the UK do not consider themselves equals to the UK, and 10% of them want to leave the islands after June 30 – as follows Report Independent Monitoring Commission for Citizens’ Rights Agreements

Independent Monitoring Commission for Civil Rights Agreements (IMA) An independent body that oversees the civil rights treaties that protect the rights of EU citizens and the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Norway) in the UK and Gibraltar. The agency oversees British public authorities in terms of enforcing and respecting the rights of citizens of EU countries and the European Union of Free Trade.

Europeans are negative to respect their rights in the UK

The latest IMA analysis was conducted from February to mid-March 2021 on a delegation of nearly 3,000 people living in the United Kingdom.

96 percent of them are citizens of 27 EU countries, 2 percent. Of the countries associated with the European Free Trade Association, the remaining 2 percent. They are relatives of people from the states – members of one of these two international organizations.

The results of the analysis clearly show that a large section of EU citizens fear for the future in the UK. A quarter of those interviewed do not consider themselves equal to British citizens, while 50% say the situation will worsen in the future.

Almost every third (30%) respondent fears that their rights will not be respected, but more and more people, half of them, do not even know the one right they have.

After June 30 this year, after that date, only citizens of EU member states can stay in the UK if their application for EU settlement – a document certifying the granting of immigration status – is accepted. In the UK, yes.

The most insecure women and young people in small centers

Women and young people living outside the big cities are still uncertain about their fate. When asked which factors greatly affected the fear of losing their rights, respondents often pointed to low confidence in the government. Boris Johnson, The course of the Brexit-related process, the immigration status and the fear that people with anti-immigrant mentality in their environment will be mistreated.

Europeans are concerned that the European government will begin to treat EU citizens as “second-class” people and that it will be enough to “destroy their rights regardless of the political situation in the UK”. The reports also titled the Windrush scandal.

Following the release of information from The Guardian 2017 Home Office, the Windrush scandal erupted, revealing the department’s planned efforts to achieve compulsory deportation from the country.

It also failed to improve the well-being of EU citizens living in the UK Situation This happened from July 2019 to June 2020, when the country was still part of the EU, and after January 31, 2020, there was a period of change related to Brexit.

Although it is illegal to deport EU nationals from the United Kingdom, almost half of those deported are from EU countries, mainly from Central and Eastern Europe.

Millions of EU citizens are applying to immigrate

More than 5 million EU citizens have already completed the application under the EU settlement plan. 97 per cent of them got immigration status, which gives them unlimited entitlement to stay in the UK, or pre-immigration status, which allows them to remain immigrant for five years at the end of that period.

The British Home Office is currently reviewing a further 320,000 applications. This is a concern for civic bodies such as the IMA and the general public, as there is still some time left until the deadline. Minister of Immigration Kevin Culture Calms down However, “every application that is completed and submitted in a timely manner will be considered. If there are delays, those who do not receive a response by June 30 will not lose their rights until a decision is reached.”

Another contentious issue is whether UK citizens who have been granted temporary status have the same entitlement to UK social security benefits as housing allowances such as UK nationals or immigrants.

The judgment of the Court of Appeals of the United Kingdom in December 2020 clearly states that persons of interim status should be treated equally with others.

The poles feel discriminated

Up to 83 percent. People taking part in the IMA survey were citizens of fourteen EU countries prior to 2004. Only 9 percent. Comes from countries that joined the community with Poland 17 years ago (except Malta and Cyprus, selected separately by the organizers of the study).

The report points out that Polish citizens living in Great Britain are next to the citizens of Bulgaria and Austria, when asked about equivalent treatment is very skeptical because 40 percent of them responded negatively.

By the end of December 2020 (the latest quarterly report will be released on May 27), Polish citizens had submitted more than 900,000 data, according to British Interior Ministry data. Solution level applications (this is the second highest result after Romanians). It was given at 78 per cent. Applications are considered, another 19 percent. Applicants have been granted temporary status.

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