Our Director/Partner Jen Ang leads our work on Brexit and EU Citizens. Over the past year we have working with Human Rights Consortium Scotland (HRCS) in the areas of Brexit influencing and promoting and protection EU citizens’ rights.
As part of the Civil Society Brexit Project (in collaboration with SULNE – the Scottish Universities Legal Network on Europe), HRCS has convened public events and published human rights briefings and information on the impact of Brexit in the context of human rights.
JustRight Scotland has provided legal advice and representation to vulnerable EU citizens across Scotland through legal surgeries, our second-tier advice line, and direct legal advice and representation.
We believe that our work has highlighted a gap in access to information and advice on the rights of EU citizens generally, and in the context of Brexit. Policy intentions to bring EU citizens within the ‘hostile environment’ of immigration control pose a significant risk of losing out on accessing rights for those who might be excluded or missed out from this process, whether due to age, disability, gender or other particular circumstances.
What we do
Our Brexit influencing and EU Citizens’ Rights work seeks to redress this gap by:
- Delivering free, confidential legal surgeries, in collaboration with partner organisations, for targeted groups of vulnerable EU citizens
- Delivering free training on EU citizens rights to community groups across Scotland, funded by the Law Centres Network
- Producing clear and accessible fact-sheets on the rights and entitlements of EU citizens in Scotland before, during and after the Brexit transition period
- Contributing to policy and research on the barriers facing these individuals in accessing their legal rights, information and advice
- Supporting the third sector to influence public discourse around the positive contributions of EU citizens and migrants to Scotland, and to advocate for promotion and protection of their rights
We currently deliver two legal surgeries within the Brexit and EU Citizens work stream:
StrEEt Aware Project
The StrEEt Aware Project is a collaboration between JustRight Scotland, the law service at Shelter Scotland and Streetwork in Edinburgh. We provide free, confidential legal advice and information to EEA nationals who are rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping, on their legal rights in relation to their immigration position, destitution and homelessness, and potential exploitation.
The Roma Project is a collaboration between JustRight Scotland and Friends of Romano Lav. The project was launched as a pilot project in June 2018 in response to concerns about barriers faced by members of the Roma community in Govanhill, Glasgow to access free, confidential legal advice, about their rights during the Brexit transition.
How to get in touch
Jen leads our Brexit influencing and EU citizens’ rights work. For more information about our current projects and priorities, please contact her here.