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Project information

EU Citizens rights in the UK

Since Brexit, demand for our specialist legal services is higher than ever. We are now receiving thousands of requests every year for legal advice Our project aims to counter the systemic discrimination faced by EU migrants by providing clear independent and impartial legal advice to EU nationals.

Ongoing project

Charity information: Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) Centre

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  • Need


    The project will seek to answer a whole series of practical and legal questions, after some three million EU citizens in Britain have been “left in limbo” since the referendum. We will address issues such as “What legal status will people have? When is the cut-off date and what rights should EU citizens expect to secure post Brexit to ensure they are not discriminated against. What about family reunification rights? Voting rights? And the position of students?


    We will increase the number of written responses to individuals queries, and questions from 2nd tier advice agencies, from 500 to 700 per year. We will look at developing website tools that can provide practical information to the public without their needing to obtain a formal piece of legal advice. We will aim to develop a series of forums and workshops so that we can promote awareness of rights to empower EU citizens and the front line organisations assisting them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Equipping individuals with the understanding and ability to resolve issues and access their rights


    » Responding to queries through our existing advice line
    » Deliver free, written legal advice on relevant European law issues.
    » Training, forums and workshops to address concerns directly with the EU nationals

    What success will look like

    Qualitative case studies and follow up feedback questionnaires to both the individuals affected and the practitioners that received advice and training.

    Aim 2

    Raise awareness of the right abuses experienced by EU nationals


    » Produce publications including blogs, journal contributions, and input to national and international new sources.
    » Fact Sheets in reader-friendly, non-legal, non-jargon text.
    » Sharing of information and case studies through our social media accounts and our website

    What success will look like

    Track contribution to platforms on rights denials. Track dissemination of information tools provided for statutory and voluntary groups, and record.

    Aim 3

    Improving access to legal representation


    » Provide legal representation in strategically appropriate cases.

    What success will look like

    Track cases where The AIRE Centre has provided advice and/or representation and the outcomes (issues resolved/decisions reversed/successful appeals etc.)

  • Impact


    Reducing costly and lengthy appeals in the UK tribunals and courts, demonstrated by successful early intervention and reversal of decisions.
    Improving access to wider support services amongst vulnerable groups of EU nationals including mental health, rehabilitation, welfare and housing.
    Improved wider understanding of the needs of vulnerable EU nationals in the UK.
    Training will strengthen the legal, advice, and NGO sector as a whole to better understand and implement European law.


    The AIRE Centre currently runs several successful projects with EU nationals. This funding will increase our capacity to provide these services, deliver urgent support and intervene early in complex cases.
    As a result, there is limited risk involved in the distribution of funds but the prospect of limited service provision and/or capacity to meet urgent needs in the absence of further funding.


    We will report to donors using a combination of methods. Updates shall be provided through social media content, website updates, newsletters, and our annual report.
    As with our other projects we can comply with the monitoring and evaluation criteria of donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 Legal Advice Provision of independent, impartial, written legal advice
      £5,500 Capacity Building Capacity building and information sessions for NGO’s, advocates, and lawyers.
      £2,000 Information Sheets Information sheets for both a legal and non legal audience
      £1,500 Digital Reporting Collating experiences of the project, to promote policy makers to effect change
  • Background


    The AIRE Centre supports European migrants across all of the UK.
    Our offices are based in London but we accept referrals nationally and according to the merits of the case.
    We deliver outreach and training throughout the UK as needed.


    The individuals who will benefit are EU migrants who are looking to obtain legal advice to counter discrimination
    Discrimination disproportionately impacts upon vulnerable EU nationals who are lone parents, children and workers with disabilities. Others such as trafficking victims lack clarity as regards residence rights, and evidencing these rights
    Grassroots and other voluntary sector organisations that support them will also benefit as they will be more confident in the advice they are giving

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The AIRE Centre is a legal charity that provides free legal advice on human rights law and EU law with the aim of improving access to justice amongst the most vulnerable migrant groups.
    We have been working in this sector for over twenty years and have an unrivalled reputation as the only dedicated and independent source of legal support to EU migrants and especially the most vulnerable, such as the homeless, those in detention, the disabled, and those subject to violence and trafficking.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Matthew Evans

    Director of the AIRE centre, he undertakes strategic litigation in both the domestic UK and European Courts and provides support on the advice line

    Markella Papadouli

    Trafficking project manager, provides free legal advice and representation to trafficking victims and training.

    Saadiya Chaudary

    Coordinates the Centre’s Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence Law Project and undertakes third-party interventions and litigation.

    Matthew Ahluwalia

    Legal project manager for the EEA women in prison project and the the EU migrant homelessness project.