In an online roundtable discussion, members of community groups and third & public sector organisations reflected on Brexit’s impact on EU citizens in North East Scotland. Six speakers presented diverse perspectives and more than 65 people attended the discussion that followed, raising the concerns of local communities.
Speakers highlighted the ‘hostile environment’ that EU nationals now face, with discrimination around employers, landlords and banks not knowing the rules – or taking advantage of the uncertain situation – and people experience issues accessing benefits, jobs and places to live. For example, employers and landlords are required to take nine steps to check someone’s status online. This is likely to lead to a preference for applicants with a British passport or physical residence permit.
Participants touched on similar issues, mentioning there was not enough information and guidance about the changes arising from Brexit, reinforcing that employers and landlords do not have enough knowledge of the new rules, which is likely to lead to discrimination.
Data Source: 2021, Shared Futures and No Recourse North East. Link.
Category: Qualitative Data
Topics: Brexit Employment European Nationals Hostile Environment Housing Immigration NRPF