Migrants upbeat after EU summit
EU nationals anxious about possible deportation post-Brexit have expressed relief after anevent in Inverness.
Those attending a legal advice session at Eden Court Theatre recently were among thousands of migrants expected to pose questions at a series of four gatherings across Scotland over the next few months.
Migrants sought assurances from members of voluntary organisations and lawyers.
At least 200,000 EU migrants currently live in Scotland.
As part of the exercise, 14,000 multilingual factsheets about EU nationals’ status in the UK post-Brexit are being distributed among migrant communities in Scotland.
The event consisted of a question-answer session with an expert panel on Brexit and a drop-in stalls hosted by private and charity organisations.
Almost 70 concerned migrants from across Highland joined the Inverness event to raise questions about anticipated changes in their legal status.
Issues that featured included the complexities of breaks in their stay in the UK, problems with mortgages and minimum wage levels.
Among those attending was Marzena Zuchowska, who moved to Scotland from Poland 12 years ago with her husband Kamil.
They have since had a daughter here.
"It was a very useful event for me because although we’ve here 12 years, I was worried about our future because we just bought a house," she said.
"We got a mortgage through ‘help-to-buy’ last year and we weren’t sure if we would be affected. I’m 98 per cent sure we’re OK now, if we just apply formally."
The gathering was chaired by Joanna Zawadzka, a prominent activist for migrants’ rights from the Polish Cultural Festival Association.