Must-read thread by Professor Tanja Bueltmann responding to writer David Oldroyd-Bolts ludicrous claims that EU citizens are now all behind Brexit and happy with the Brexiters vision for Britain outside the EU.

First published in February 2020.

Your article is as far removed from reality as it could be.

Twitter - @david_oldbolt

EU citizens have no choice: they either apply or become unlawful. The figure is not a vindication and does not show EU citizens feel welcome.

Settled Status has had the opposite effect.

As the Settled Status Survey — based on a sample of 3,171 EU citizens — demonstrates, the vast majority say that Brexit has made them feel less at home.

And Brexit has made them feel less integrated.

Asked to describe in one word only how applying for Settled Status made them feel, here are the top choices — size indicating mention-frequency.

Only 1 in 4 feel happy having received a status.

This low figure is partly explained by the status not being perceived as secure.

As for xenophobia, I’m afraid you don’t get to cherry-pick reality either.

Hate crime figures are up and examples of issues abound. Here is one (of many):

Many EU citizens are afraid of speaking their mother language now.

As a result of all of this, this is one example of thousands of how having to apply for Settled Status has made EU citizens feel.

The impact is significant, including on mental health.

And then there are stories like this:

But of course your article itself proves the point it claims to stand against, as the nice pro-immigration words you do dispense are immediately countered with this — fact-free lines straight out of the dog whistle playbook.

The latest EU settlement figures explode the myth of Britain as a xenophobic island. / The Telegraph

One way or other, to use the EU Settlement Scheme in the way you have when the actual evidence and experiences of EU citizens documents an entirely different story is simply not acceptable. Nobody gets to rewrite reality to a fluffy pink version that is its very opposite.

Tweets posted on 8 February 2020 by @cliodiaspora.

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[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 8 February 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

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