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.
Speaker: Dr Adrienne Yong
Dr Adrienne Yong is a Senior Lecturer in Law at The City Law School under the Institute for the Study of European Laws (ISEL).
Dr Yong's research interests are in EU citizenship, immigration and human rights more broadly (international, domestic and European) especially that of marginalised groups from a feminist and intersectional socio-legal perspective.
Her recent research examines women’s rights during crises – firstly, the effect of the UK's withdrawal from the EU and how the EU Settlement Scheme disproportionately affects vulnerable women and secondly, how vulnerable women from ethnic minority and migrant backgrounds have been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic in their ability to access healthcare in an interdisciplinary project with Dr Sabrina Germain (The City Law School).
She has spoken widely on both topics nationally and internationally and in legal and interdisciplinary academic settings as well as to the wider public via local and international media.
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