Roma communities in the UK: the EU Settlement Scheme and post-grace period situation: Report on an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gypsies, Travellers and Roma roundtable event held on 29 March 2022

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Over the last few years studies have usefully illuminated the experiences of different people who arrived in the UK from states within the European Union (EU) with respect to the EU Referendum. These studies have highlighted how the decision to leave the EU has been a source of anxiety and anguish for many who had made parts of the UK their long-term home. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Gypsies, Travellers and Roma has heard, over a series of public
consultations, how these feelings have been particularly acute for members of Roma communities.

Whilst the motivations of people from Roma communities to travel to the UK shared many characteristics with their non-Roma counterparts, such as employment and education, their migration was often punctuated by pre-migration experiences of discrimination and marginalisation whilst in their countries of origin.

Despite the uncertainty caused by the EU Referendum, Roma communities remain established members of the population in the UK. Previous consultations, undertaken in the form of roundtables, have helped to shed light on
the challenges faced by Roma communities by sharing the experiences and concerns of parliamentarians, academics, civil society, public authorities and expert members of the public, including a number of Roma people. This report is the third such report in a series of reports on this issue and, in particular, the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).

The report is based on a roundtable convened in March 2022 to analyse and discuss the ongoing impact of the scheme. Following the previous events, the roundtable foregrounded the experiences of experts from the Roma community, who are working with community members within the context of the EUSS. The event consisted of presentations from a panel followed by questions and contributions from the audience
Original languageEnglish
PublisherFriends, Families and Travellers
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022

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