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Open to all: Parliamentary event to discuss EU Settlement Scheme’s impact on Roma people

On Tuesday 29th March 2022, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma (APPGGTR) and Roma Support Group will hold an online event to discuss the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) and the post-grace period’s impact on Roma communities.

The event will feature parliamentarians, Roma people and experts to discuss the EUSS and its impact on Roma people in the UK.

Speakers will address current EUSS implications for Roma communities, digital status, the experience of Roma children, issues at borders, and explore longer-term EUSS related support services.

The event will be chaired by Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (Co-chair of APPGGTR) and speakers will include Mihai Bica of Roma Support Group, Martina Stipakova of Clifton Learning Partnership, Alexandra Bahor of Granby Toxteth Development Trust and Denisa Gannon of Coventry Law Centre.

The event is due to be held at 12:00pm-13:30pm and can be accessed on Zoom by clicking here. You can view the event agenda here.

Speaking ahead of the event, Marius Taba, Trustee at Friends, Families and Travellers (Secretariat for the APPG for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma) said this:

“Home Office data may not be aligned with local authorities data and the 2021 Census’ new data, which will be soon available. With the EUSS funding support coming to an end, better coordination among the authorities is needed to identify the vital information which will be crucial for future policy development and concrete interventions.”

Mihai Bica, Policy and Campaigns Worker at Roma Support Group had this to say:

“While the support put in place by the Home Office and organisations across the country has enabled millions of EU Citizens to secure their status in the UK, we now need to see how the EUSS works in practice.

As we have seen, in 2020, 72% of Roma were saying that they will need help proving their EUSS status. This event will provide an overview of the current situation and share details on particular issues impacting Roma communities.”


Notes for Editor

About Friends, Families and Travellers (FFT)

Friends, Families and Travellers is a leading national charity that works to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life.

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Relevant Resources

‘Roma communities in the UK: EU Settlement Scheme and post grace period situation’. APPGTR and Roma Support Group. March 2022. Event details: Tuesday 29 March 2022, 12:00 – 13:30 Join Zoom Meeting: (Meeting ID: 834 0714 7560, Passcode: 329057)

Roma communities in the UK: EU Settlement Scheme and post grace period situation’. APPGTR and Roma Support Group. March 2022. View agenda.

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