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4th November, 2021

A gendered EU Settlement Scheme: Women as vulnerable in a post-Brexit Britain

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4th November, 2021
13:00 - 14:00

The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is a transitory immigration regime rolled out by the Home Office as part of the measures to prepare the UK from its withdrawal from the EU.

Now, some years after it was first piloted to a small sect of the population ahead of being open to all, more can be said about its whether it truly be hailed a “success”.

This paper evaluates the success of the EUSS by considering the experiences of vulnerable female immigrants that are required to apply to the Scheme in order to remain in the UK after the transition period.

Two factors disproportionately affect women because of the increased difficulties women in those positions face when applying successfully to remain in the UK after the transition period.

They are those at risk of or facing violence against women and girls (VAWG), and non-EU family members (NEFMs). Using intersectional theory, this paper outlines how gender and immigration status intersects to make women more vulnerable by virtue of the legal framework of the EUSS.

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