the3million on the This Is Our Home tour and how EU citizens and their families face uncertainty again with the Coronavirus.
First published in March 2020.
This should have been an update on the This Is Our Home Tour. Instead, we are now all facing the COVID-19 crisis and business is not as usual. On behalf of everyone at the3million, we send you our love, as we are all going through fears about our health and we worry our loved ones might get seriously ill.
We hope that the affection and solidarity we encountered while travelling around the UK will help us get through this new challenge. EU citizens and their families have formed new, often virtual bonds to face uncertainty, and these ties will help us deal with the isolation and the containment in the coming months.
In the real world, we encourage you to join a local group to help the most vulnerable in our communities if your health allows it. Over 900 local groups have been created. More information at: CovidMutualAid.org/local-groups/
The new scenario will impact how the3million works with policymakers and politicians, and we are submitting written evidence to the Home Affairs committee on the Home Office’s preparedness and response to the virus outbreak. Our core team is used to working remotely and we are connected to other UK organisations to continue to hold the government to account, monitor the immigration bill and upcoming legislation that might affect citizens’ rights.
Due to the virus outbreak, we ended our THIS IS OUR HOME Tour early last Friday but we met some wonderful people in Bristol, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh, and the main impression was that regardless of where we were born or where we live, we all feel connected as EU citizens.
These are pictures taken across the four nations of the UK:
All in all, we met with ministers, local councillors and members of organisations supporting EU citizens, as well as fellow EU citizens who shared their experiences and expressed their feelings and opinions about the Settled Status scheme.
Overall, we witnessed a lot of confusion around the Settled Status scheme, its application process, how to maintain the status, and how safe it is in the long term.
Many people were also worried about people at risk of not applying in time and last but not least, nearly everyone said they wanted to have a physical proof of their Settled Status, and we encouraged people to sign this petition.
Coronavirus reminds us that we are all human, with the same worries, needs, and hopes. As the crisis disrupts our daily lives we need to ensure that the policy choices our government makes now will set a better course for EU citizens and their families. We will keep in touch through these difficult times and don’t hesitate to reply to this if you have any questions.
If you are helping in your community, we would love to hear from you so we can feature it in the next newsletter and promote local initiatives.🔷