Welcome to the latest Roma Support Group e-bulletin. We make no apologies – everyone might be sick of Brexit but for many of our friends, supporters, clients and users, this is a constant source of worry. This month, we are solely reporting matters to do with Brexit, the impact that this might or will have on Roma communities in the UK, and how Roma people and families might be best supported to claim their rights to stay in the UK after Brexit.
Roma communities have survived for generations by being careful and keeping their distance from authorities who have rarely shown any favouritism and even-handedness to Roma people. The Home Office – fresh from endless scandals mainly about migrants and immigrants – is the government department responsible for ensuring that EU nationals have the right to live and work and study in the UK after Brexit. This is not going to be easy.