EU citizens are a gift to Britain, not a marginalised community.


First published in December 2019.


Sadly, new stories of hate crimes have emerged on social media, such as the one from our friend Satbir of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants or stories shared on the private Forum for EU citizens on Facebook.


Over the weekend, the American magazine Time also ran a story about “marginalized communities” who fear for their future in the UK, and I must say I was shocked at the terminology.

I never thought I belonged to a marginalised community but this is how it looks from the outside, and many of us are suffering from it.

In all cases, we should never give in to the haters, and we should remain proud of who we are. We are a gift to Britain, with our culture, with our food, with our skills, with our languages and with our love.

If you are a victim of a hate crime, please report it.

Next year, the3million will travel around the UK to connect with as many of us as possible, to debate and to inform. We will share the details in January.

In the meantime, today, I would like to ask you to take part in a survey which will help us shape our future lobby work.

Our friend Professor Tanja Bueltmann of Northumbria University is running an important survey about Settled Status. Please fill it in whether you have applied or not.

The deadline is tomorrow, 20 December: Northumbria Online Settled Status Survey


Finally, a little reminder that the3million is trying to fund a new legal team in 2020 to scrutinise Boris Johnson’s Government and prepare for legal actions if our rights are not respected during the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement. Please donate on this CrowdJustice page if you can afford it, so we can effectively fight discrimination after Brexit.🔷

 

Did you know the3million is the leading non-profit organisation of EU citizens in the UK? If you can help their campaign to continue, you can:


 



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[This piece was originally published on the3million and re-published in PMP Magazine on 19 December 2019, with the author’s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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the3million is the largest group of EU citizens in the UK, with a team of 50-ish active volunteers working on advocacy, policy, legal, media, social media, grassroots and events.