Report: Thousands of over-65s failed to apply for settled status in the European Union (Brexit)
A parliamentary report has found that large numbers of UK Europeans over the age of 65 have not applied to the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before the deadline, warning that this could put thousands of EU citizens of retirement age at risk. British. hostile environment policies.
Only 2% of all settlement program applications were made by people over the age of 65, a percentage that is unlikely to reflect the older EU population living in the UK. Charities supporting older Europeans to apply said they had “experienced many individuals with no mobile phone, no digital access, no inappropriate documentation or no documentation”, and the report warned that people with the digital technology required to apply were more likely. to lose them. The deadline for applications is the end of last month.
The House of Lords European Affairs Committee report called on the government to ensure continued support to help late applicants secure their status.
“The fact that only 2% of applicants are over the age of 65 indicates that seniors may have missed or simply could not apply by the deadline. These people need more comprehensive legal safeguards to ensure they are not counted,” said Lord Kenol, chair of the panel. Delayed requests against them in securing their rights to remain here The Citizens’ Rights Report noted a particular concern for Italian nationals who immigrated to Britain after World War II.
The report echoed calls repeatedly made by activists to scrap the digital-only approach, and for a physical document option to be given to establish status and rights in Britain.
Without physical documentation, EU citizens living here may face challenges securing rents, for example. Our government has welcomed the EU’s decision to issue a physical document to all UK citizens in Europe while resisting calls to do the same for EU citizens in Britain. “Ministers must explain this discrepancy,” Kenol added.
The report warned that more clarity was needed to ensure protection for people who applied late. This has been particularly vital for the two million people who have been granted a temporary right to remain in the UK, pre-settled status, because they will have to re-apply for settled status if they wish to remain, and many of them are likely to miss their application deadlines.
Many of these concerns were also highlighted in a separate study published this week Law Centers Network, focusing on groups of applicants who have found it difficult to apply for status. An analysis of more than 1,000 complex EUSS cases, aided by a network of 16 charitable-funded law centres, found the proportion of long-term residents, who have lived in the UK for more than 20 years, who seek assistance with their applications. has increased significantly.
Julie Bishop, director of the Legal Centers Network, said: “Some people have always struggled to apply for stable status, but home office He has little knowledge of who they are, and EUSS was not designed with them in mind. Late applications may be submitted, but only the Home Office decides to accept them.
“Windrash Show us that we can’t rely on their discretion. Today we call on the Ministry of Interior to publish the criteria for accepting late applications.”
A government spokesperson said: “We are pleased to have over 6 million applications for the EU Settlement Scheme and more than 5.1 million grants as of June 30. The Citizens Rights Report recognizes this as an important achievement.
The report also acknowledges concerns about the rights of UK citizens living in the EU. The UK government will continue to work with the EU to ensure these rights are upheld, as the UK has done for EU citizens living in the UK.”