Thousands of EU nationals refused permission to stay in Birmingham after Brexit

EU and UK flagsEU and UK flags
EU and UK flags | Radar PA

This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission on items purchased through this article, but that does not affect our editorial judgement.

The highest number of applications came from citizens of Romania, Italy and Poland

Thousands of EU nationals have been refused permission to stay in Birmingham after Brexit, figures reveal.

Home Office data shows around 5,990 people who applied to continue living in the area by September 30 had their application rejected.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Applicants can challenge a negative EU Settlement Scheme application by launching an appeal.

But campaign group the3Million - which fights for EU citizens’ rights - is concerned about the status of those who are left "in limbo" waiting for their appeals to be concluded.

The figures show that since applications opened, 143,980 people applied to continue living in Birmingham, with 130,220 receiving a conclusion by the end of September.

Of them, 56,190 (43%) received settled status and 63,200 (49%) pre-settled.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The highest number of applications came from citizens of Romania (31,920), Italy (14,900) and Poland (13,560).

What is the EU Settlement scheme?

The EU Settlement scheme launched in March 2019 to regulate the immigration status of European citizens who live in the UK.

Those who have lived in the UK for five years, and meet the criteria, can receive settled status and remain in the country indefinitely.

Others who have lived in the country for less time can receive pre-settled status, which allows them to remain for a further five years. They can later apply for settled status.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

How is this affecting EU citizens living in Birmingham?

Monique Hawkins, policy and research officer at the3million, said many people had lost their job or rental opportunity while waiting for application and appeal outcomes.

She said: "Many people report not being able to get through to helplines, and find it next to impossible to get progress updates on their applications.

"For those who have been refused, the administrative review and appeals process face their own lengthy delays.

"We are extremely concerned about the length of time it is taking to unite people with their lawful status, and thereby their rights to continue living and working in the UK."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Though the scheme officially closed on June 30, EU citizens with limited reasonable grounds for missing the deadline can still apply to secure their rights.

Around 5,490 applications were submitted after the deadline in Birmingham.

The Home Office said people with a pending application, are protected while the outcome of their application is unknown.

A spokeswoman said the EU Settlement Scheme has been an "overwhelming success", with 6.3 million applications received and 5.5 million people being granted permission to stay so far.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

She added: “Caseworkers will always look for reasons to grant rather than refuse.

"Individuals can be refused on eligibility or criminality grounds, and if a refused applicant disagrees with our decision, they can apply for an administrative review or appeal.

“We have published non-exhaustive guidance on reasonable grounds for making a late EUSS application and take a flexible and pragmatic approach to considering them, and we’ve made millions of pounds available in funding for organisations to support vulnerable applicants.”

A message from the editor: Thank you for reading. BirminghamWorld is Birmingham’s latest news website, championing everything that is great about our city - reporting on news, lifestyle and sport. We want to start a community among our readers, so please follow us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram, and keep the conversation going.

Related topics:

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.