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EU Nationals in the UK - MRN Briefing Paper May 2016

In this briefing MRN says that in or out of the EU, the government will have to come up with other ways of managing migration that will allow the movement of people across UK borders similar to levels under the EU regulations.

This new briefing aims to provide an easy-reference for information about EU citizens living and working. It covers:

  • Numbers
  • Work & the Jobs Market
  • Benefits
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Education
  • Crime & Security

What do EU nationals say?

Michal Siewniak, a community development manager from Hertfordshire, originally from Poland, says:

“There are many critics of the free movement, but I love it. The whole scheme has enabled me to do so much – including serving my community as a former local councillor. It’s made a real difference in my life and I am grateful for it!”

Veronika Susedkova, a Czech charity worker from Yorkshire, adds:

“Free movement complement personal rights and enriches communities and wider society. If the freedom to move, work and live disappears it will complicate the ordinary lives of Brits and EU citizens - both in the UK and in Europe. And we could lose the enterprising spirit, courage and diversity people have brought with them!”

And Ivelina Metchkarova, a Bulgarian policy officer from Leeds, comments:

 “Taking free movement away would have a fundamental affect on me and my children. It would undermine a founding EU principle - people’s ability to mix with each other across borders and to build understanding and social cohesion. For me, it would mean losing a kind of European citizenship, which gives me and my children the right to live, work, study, retire or do business across my continent. “