Production of immobility? What will settled status do well, what it will do badly and whom it will fail?
Dr Gabriella Alberti and Dr Roxana Barbulescu's co-written piece on what settled status will mean for European citizens living in the UK after Brexit appears in El Pais and the LSE's Brexit blog.
Dr Gabriella Alberti, Associate Professor in Work and Employment Relations at the University of Leeds Business School, member of the Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change, and co-founder of the Leeds Migration Research Network has co-written an article with Dr Roxana Barbulescu, University Academic Fellow and Great Minds Scholar in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, co-director of Migration News and co-founder of the Commission on Diversity in the North. The piece appeared in Spanish El País, as well as the London School of Economics and Political Science blogging space - LSE Brexit.
The blog, entitled "Production of immobility? What will settled status do well, what it will do badly and whom it will fail", examines the new type of residence and its consequences for European citizens (EU 27 and British) in the UK.
The article states:
Less than one hundred days away from exiting the European Union, European citizens living in the UK stand to lose many rights associated with freedom of movement. We are witnessing the ‘hostile environment’ creeping into the new settlement scheme process. Despite reassurances that the settlement scheme is more flexible than the permanent residence one, and the rhetoric that the online application is designed to grant status by default, it still seems that it will be harder for precarious migrants with less-linear pathways to obtain settled or pre-settled status. If detailed guidance on evidence is not provided, precisely those who are more vulnerable to risk providing their details to the government to then see their application rejected.