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A Welsh Windrush? Settled status for EU migrants

June 4th 2020 - Presented by: Dr Victoria Winckler - host Dr Claire Thomas Úna Boyd Wiard Sterk

People from the EU who wish to remain in Wales must apply for ‘settled status’.

In this webinar, Dr Claire Thomas, Policy & Research Officer at the Bevan Foundation, is joined by Una Boyd, Immigration project coordinator for CAJ, and Wiard Sterk, Information manager for Settled to explore whether the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) will protect EU migrants rights or if it is another ‘Windrush scandal’ in the making.

Some of the key topics covered include:

  • the context of the EUSS and the changes to the immigration system;
  • how it is currently operating;
  • what the challenges are in ensuring people apply to the EUSS;
  • potential issues after free movement ends.
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The Presenters:

Dr Victoria Winckler - host

Dr Victoria Winckler has been the Director of the Bevan Foundation since 2002, establishing it as Wales’ most exciting and innovative think-tank. Victoria is also currently Wales adviser to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Dr Claire Thomas

Claire joined the Bevan Foundation as Policy and Research Officer in June 2019 after working at Opinion Research Services for nearly ten years as a qualitative researcher. During her time there Claire worked on a variety of projects including managing the qualitative work on Gypsy and Traveller Housing Needs Assessments.

In 2006 Claire graduated with a PhD in Political Science at Swansea University. Her thesis examined the provision of and delivery of services for asylum seekers dispersed under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 in Swansea and Cardiff and the relationship between local authorities, the Welsh and UK Government and the private sector.

Claire is currently looking at migration and integration in Wales, exploring whether Wales would benefit from having an integration strategy.

Úna Boyd

Solicitor Úna Boyd is Immigration Project Coordinator at the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) and chair of the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Immigration Practitioners’ Group’.

Wiard Sterk

Wiard is a Dutch citizen resident in the UK since 1982 and in Wales since 1984. Wiard had a lengthy career in the dramatic and visual arts, but is now an Advocate for the EU Citizens Rights campaigners the3million and the Information Manager for Settled, an agency assisting hard to reach EU Citizens in the UK with their EU Settlement Scheme applications’.

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