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Is the EU Settlement Scheme working for children in care?

4 February 2020

The House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee will hear from three specialists  on Tuesday 4 February, as to whether the EU Settlement Scheme is working for vulnerable people. This evidence session is part of a follow-up to its recent work on the rights of EU citizens in the UK and the implementation of the EU Settlement Scheme


The UK Government's EU Settlement Scheme is designed to allow EU nationals to continue to live in the UK after it leaves the EU; a standard application involves the use of smartphone app to verify the applicant's identity and an online form for UK residence and criminality checks. But many vulnerable groups – including children in care, domestic abuse survivors and people who are homeless – are unlikely to have access to the documents they need to prove their identity and residency. They may also not have access to the internet or a smart phone, or even be aware that they need to apply


Tuesday 4 February in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.45am

  •  Matt Downie, Director of Policy and External Affairs, Crisis
  •  Marianne Lagrue, Refugee and Migrant Children's Consortium
  •  Nicole Masri, Senior Legal Officer, Rights of Women

Areas of discussion

Topics likely to be covered include:

  • the barriers people face in applying though the EU Settlement Scheme; 
  • the level of support available;
  • the consequences if people fail to apply; and
  • what more, if anything, the Government could do to help

Further information