After June 2021, EU citizens without Settled Status will become illegal in the UK. Because of the Covid-19 crisis, people who require face-to-face support with their applications won’t be able to access it. For a long time, we’ve been saying that the whole system is a mess. Now, even more of the most vulnerable migrants are in danger of becoming undocumented overnight.
That’s why today, together with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, we are launching a new campaign for the Right to Stay. (Check out coverage of the campaign in the Guardian here.)
Many of the very same migrants who are now playing a vital role in keeping the country running could soon lose their basic rights. Children in care, victims of domestic violence, elderly people with insufficient language or digital skills who struggle with their applications are particularly at risk.