Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called for 2680 EU citizens to be given the right to stay in the UK as Home Office hold-ups mean their applications have not been processed with less than 30 days to the Government deadline.
The latest EU Settlement Scheme statistics show that, as of the end of March, there have been 62,880 applications from people living in Edinburgh, but only 60,200 of these have been concluded.
The Liberal Democrat party is warning that those who aren’t given ‘Settled Status’ by the 30th of June could become the victims of “a new Windrush-style scandal”.
The figures also reveal that 27,920 people in Edinburgh have only been granted temporary ‘Pre-Settled Status’. That means a total of 30,600 Edinburgh applicants have still not been given the permanent right to stay.
Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine said:
“It is almost inhuman that with less than a month to go so many of our friends and neighbours don't know what their future holds.
"They are being forced to cross their fingers and hope the Home Office get to their application in time.
“EU citizens who’ve made their lives in Edinburgh contribute enormously to our economy, our public services and our society. They shouldn’t be forced to live with this uncertainty and anxiety any longer.”
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Alistair Carmichael added:
“Boris Johnson promised all EU citizens the automatic right to stay, but this enormous backlog and the growing number of refusals show that the Settled Status scheme is anything but automatic.
“It’s not too late, but the Government must act now to prevent a new Windrush-style scandal in just a few weeks."