Contribution of EU nationals to life in Borders recognised by Convener of Scottish Borders Council

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Published: Wednesday, 27th February 2019

The contribution of European Union nationals living, working and studying in the Scottish Borders has been emphasised by our Convener.

The UK Government has established a ‘settlement scheme’ which will allow EU nationals to apply to stay in the UK after 30 June 2021.

Applications open fully from 30 March 2019.

The application process will be online, however we have agreed to provide assisted digital support through a national referral process for those that do not have the appropriate access, skills or confidence to complete the online form.

Information on our Brexit planning, and links to a range of further information, including on the settlement scheme can be found on our website.

Councillor David Parker, Convener

“We have around 3,500 non-UK EU nationals living in the Scottish Borders. They are our neighbours, our work colleagues, friends, family and school friends and they play a huge part in the life of the Scottish Borders, our communities and our local economy.

“The upcoming UK exit from the European Union will have no doubt left many considering their future. I want to be absolutely clear and say to them directly – the Scottish Borders values your contribution, you are most welcome here and we would like you to stay.”

 “Thousands of EU nationals have made the Scottish Borders their home over many, many years. Borderers are well known for being welcoming and it is only right that we provide all the support we can to ensure that our current EU nationals resident here can remain if they wish to do so.

“The demographic challenges facing the Scottish Borders in the coming years cannot be solved by retaining our own young people alone - where significant efforts are being made - we must also be able to continue to welcome and actively attract people from across Scotland, the rest of the UK and Europe and beyond.”