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Insecurity, Discrimination, Racism: The Concerns of Europeans in Britain

This week saw the last deadline for EU citizens living in the UK to legalize their stay. However, many employers do not know the mechanism and many foreigners fear discrimination, Deutsche Welle reports.

Oliver Phillips is a German citizen, but has lived and worked in England for years. On December 26, 2020, he applied for residency status. “On April 8, 2021, I received an email informing me that my application had been accepted. Finally, on April 19, 2021, a reply arrived that I could stay in England,” he said.

During these almost 4 months, as long as the procedure lasted, Phillips (his name was changed by the editors) was completely unaware of how far she had come, as there was no place where he could find out about it. During these months, he could not certify, for example, to his employer, the bank or the landlord that he was in fact entitled to remain in the United Kingdom. Many other foreigners on the Island also complain about the complicated procedure.

5.6 million EU citizens are applying for a settlement scheme that will allow them to stay in the UK. They must prove that they lived in the United Kingdom before the end of 2020.

“Another 400,000 European citizens are still waiting for their procedure to end. They have been standing for months and do not know what is happening with their candidacies,” said Mike Bonn, co-founder of the 3 Million organization, which fights for the rights of European citizens. The island after Brexit. “These people are seriously worried about what will happen to them after July 1,” he said.

Insecurity and discrimination

The British government first had to create a procedure for European citizens. Because there are no address registration services in the UK. The new system works only digitally – without an employee at the counter, without stamps or paper documents.

That creates serious problems, Bon says. Many employers are not oriented in the new system. “Even if you have such a certificate, you may not get a job. And there is often discrimination, because there is serious confusion about how exactly the new digital system works. We believe that these 400,000 people are victims not only of insecurity, but also of discrimination, “he explains.

The British government assures that anyone who submits an online application before July 1 can rest assured that it will be processed. In the last days before the deadline, thousands of applications were submitted every day.

“The British are much more racist”

Bonn sees this as a policy that is hostile to immigrants. “Whatever a minister says, the whole system in Britain is designed to set boundaries inside. Employers, universities, hospitals – they all need to check that you are legally resident in the country.” Otherwise, for example, the employer is threatened with serious fines.

Phillips realizes that along with Boris Johnson’s policies, the mood in society has changed. “In the last five years, the British have become much more racist,” he said. Oliver Phillips is happy to have received a long-term residence permit. But before his first trip abroad, he still worries – who knows if the digital inspection system will work then.

‘A form of discrimination’: Goalkeeping ace lashes out at UK govt ‘Covid passport’ plans for FA Cup final

Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Carl Ikeme has joined the chorus of concern over the UK government’s controversial plans to trial Covid passports at a series of sporting events, calling the move “discriminatory”.

Several high-profile football matches in England will see the return of a limited number of fans in the coming weeks as part of a scheme by Boris Johnson’s government to edge the country out of lockdown.

Some of the events – including the FA Cup final on May 15, one of the biggest dates in the English sporting calendar – could require some form of Covid certification for those wishing to attend.
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The exact details of the scheme are as yet unclear, but could include fans using a mobile application or certificate to show a recent negative Covid test, proof of Covid vaccination, or evidence that they have natural immunity by recovering from the illness in the past 6 months.

Despite PM Johnson being at pains to stress that the government has not finalized any long-term plans for Covid passports, that has done little to quell the concerns of those who fear creeping authoritarianism.

That includes Wolves goalkeeping icon Ikeme, 34, who has hit out on social media at the plans, claiming they would discriminate against minority groups in particular.

“I would urge [the FA] not to use covid pass[ports] in the up and coming FA cup final,” Ikeme tweeted.

“Covid passes will be a form of discrimination in which you have said you stand against!! It will cause even more discrimination in the communities a lot of players are bending the knee for before games!”

The former shotstopper – who made more than 200 appearances for the West Midlands club and also represented Nigeria at international level – added that the step would drive fans away from matches, rather than welcoming them back.

“This will not bring more people into our beautiful game it will simply push them away,” Ikeme fumed.

“And in engaging with covid passes you are complicit in pushing for this in society! The game is either safe for us all, or none of us!” 

“100% big man! Turning people into 2nd class citizens because they cant or choose not to have the vaccine. It’s disgusting,” tweeted former Wolves player Martin Riley in support. 

Ikeme, whose career came to an end after he was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2017 – a battle he would win – is not the only one to react with anger at the government’s nascent ‘Covid status certification’ plans.  

Large numbers of MPs across the political spectrum have been up in arms, with Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey stating: “As we start to get this virus properly under control we should start getting our freedoms back. Vaccine passports – essentially Covid ID cards – take us in the other direction.”     

Conservative MP Bridgen has said the move would be “divisive” and “a major infringement of civil liberties,” while others such as former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Tory counterpart Iain Duncan Smith have similarly signaled their opposition.
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The sporting events named as potentially requiring a Covid certificate to attend also include the FA Cup semifinal between Leicester City and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on April 18, and the Carabao Cup Final between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the same venue one week later.

Somewhat confusingly, several of the venues named in the pilot scheme – including a nightclub in Liverpool – have since clarified that they will not require Covid certificates for people to attend, with one citing a “massive backlash” after the pilot plans were unveiled.

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Man Utd launch SEE RED campaign to tackle racism and discrimination

Manchester United have today launched SEE RED – a campaign to tackle racism and discrimination.

The new initiative builds on the work of United’s ‘All Red All Equal’ anti-discrimination programme and features a video challenging the club’s fans to think about diversity.

The video highlights Andy Cole’s title-clinching goal in the 1999 Treble season, Jesse Lingard’s FA Cup-winning strike in 2016 and Marcus Rashford’s added-time penalty to seal an epic comeback win at PSG in 2019.

The aim is to make United fans think about key moments in their team’s glittering history that could not have happened without diversity and the contribution of black and Asian players.

The campaign also encourages fans to report incidents of racism or other hate crimes and to stand up for those who may suffer discrimination.

Man Utd are urging fans to report any incidents of racism or discrimination
Man Utd are urging fans to report any incidents of racism or discrimination

United players, including Rashford, Anthony Martial, Fred and Axel Tuanzebe, have been subjected to racist abuse on social media in recent months, and the club are determined to call out such abhorrent conduct, with the launch of a new online reporting system.

Richard Arnold, United Group Managing Director, said: “We are proud that players of all ethnicities, religions and nationalities have pulled on the Manchester United[1] jersey over the years.

“We challenge our fans, and indeed fans of every club, to watch this and think about their own favourite memories, their top teams and their most celebrated players.

“How different would those memories be without the diversity of some of the best players in the world who have graced our game and our club?

“Sadly, footballers across the country continue to receive abuse online, seemingly without fear of censure.

“United has been, and always will be, a club for all. We do not believe real fans are racist and today, we call on those fans to join us in the battle against discrimination.

“We are proud of the rich diversity of our players and our fans. This club is open for all and we count on the support of our fans to keep it that way.

“It’s not good enough for us all to sit silently on the sidelines when we see or read racist remarks or behaviour. Inaction has a consequence. We must call it out. We must not tolerate it. If you see it or read it – report it.”

United players past and present feature in the SEE RED video, including Dwight Yorke, Rio Ferdinand, Ji-Sung Park and Lauren James.

United have also set up a new online reporting system for fans to use. A new user-friendly reporting form, available via manutd.com/seered, can be used to report any instances online.

As well as the video and online reporting system, the giant seat wraps in the lower tiers at Old Trafford have also been replaced ahead of the match against Brighton[2] to promote SEE RED.

Fans can engage with the SEE RED initiative on social media using #SeeRed. Instances of racist abuse on any social media platform can be reported via manutd.com/seered.

References

  1. ^ Manchester United (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Brighton (www.mirror.co.uk)

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