Generation Brexit

Immigration and Movement for EU Citizens Curbed?

Jay Shin
Jay Shin | 9 months ago | in Brexit and Multiculturalism

One way that Britain seems to be ensuring multicultural values is through their settled/pre-settled policy. While Britain could become more populist and exclusive towards other nations outside the EU, I fail to see the actual consequences towards EU citizens post-Brexit. Any EU citizen is eligible for settled/pre-settled status, which does not curb immigration. A settled status will grant EU nationals and their families who have spent five years in the UK the same rights as British citizens after Brexit. If an EU citizen is unsettled, he/she can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date of the pre-settled status and apply for settled status as soon as he/she has lived in the UK for 5 years. This seems like a very reasonable standard in which many nations will require prospective citizens or immigrants to reside in the country for periods of time to gain certain rights. While the Brexit vote may have resulted from populism and negative sentiments against multicultural values, the actual policy regarding immigration does not seem to oppose multicultural values.

Jay Shin 9 months ago

"Under the government’s proposed settled status system, if eligibility is based on residence rather than specific activities conducted in the UK there should in principle be relatively few EU citizens who would not meet the eligibility criteria.

The main category of EU citizen residents who could be ineligible are those with significant absences from the UK. EU citizens who have already qualified for permanent residence can leave the UK for up to 2 years before losing their status. Those who leave the UK for more than 6 months in any 12 month period break their 5-year period of continuous residence (or 12 months if there is an important reason). If they do this before the cut-off date, the clock restarts and they may still be eligible 5 years later. However, people who break the period of continuous residence after the cut-off date are expected to lose eligibility for settled status.

Current migration statistics provide only partial insight into absences from the UK. However, available data suggest that the number of people making substantial trips away from the UK annually is in the low tens of thousands."

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Jay Shin 9 months ago

"If you get pre-settled status:
You can stay in the UK for a further 5 years from the date you get pre-settled status.

You can apply for settled status as soon as you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years and spent at least 6 months of each year in the UK - known as ‘continuous residence’. You will not need to pay a fee.

You should be able to spend up to 2 years in a row outside the UK without losing your pre-settled status.

How long you can live outside the UK is still subject to approval by Parliament.

Your rights with settled or pre-settled status
Settled or pre-settled status will mean you can:
==> work in the UK
==> use the NHS
==> enroll in education or continue studying access public funds such as benefits and pensions, if you’re eligible for them bring family members to the UK after 31 December 2020 - they could also come here on a family visa travel in and out of the UK"

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