Strathclyde’s Diversity Week focused on migrant employees’ rights after Brexit
The University of Strathclyde gave migrants an opportunity to understand their rights and duties post-Brexit
What are the challenges for migrants’ rights after Brexit? This and other questions about the future for full- and part-time migrant workers were answered on 22th of February 2017 at the University of Strathclyde, as part of the institution’s Diversity Week programme.
Legal adviser Ursula Bolechowska and Anna Pieling, from the Local Privacy Advisory Committee Glasgow (LPAC), facilitated the event, titled: “Rights for refugees, Europeans and International students after Brexit”.
They discussed the process involved for migrants who wish to remain and work in Britain post-Brexit.
Pielen said: “One of the main challenges for migrants after Brexit will be the application form, which right now costs £65.”
Bolechowska added: “The process for application’s documents will last 5 years. You have to submit…salary and confirmation of your employment, the history of your travels and [proof] of your address with an official letter.”
During the workshop, Pielin spoke of future employment possibilities for refugees afterwards Brexit. “Now, the situation in [the] UK is unsure, but if you prepare all the documentation now you will have the time to find a job and then to stay in UK,” she said.
Employers may also encourage European workers to apply for permanent residency, should they wish to remain and work in Britain, Bolechowska said.
She continued: “EU workers who have been working in the UK for five years are likely to have permanent residence rights and employers might want to encourage such employees to apply for a document to certify their residence rights to give them added comfort.”
Strathclyde’s Diversity Week aimed to “celebrate the rich diversity of cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyles of the University’s students and staff”. A number of events were held to “enhance knowledge and awareness among the University community and foster excellent relations between people of different cultures, backgrounds and lifestyles.”