Background to the conference
Whatever the broader impacts of BREXIT ultimately are the biggest implications will be no doubt felt by current and future migrant workers from both the EU and beyond. The exact implications of BREXIT are difficult to determine: precise UK government policy is yet to be decided in many areas and the positions and proposals set out to date can be subject to change. This conference is interested in hearing how this context is already impact on migrant worker communities in NI. In three key areas this conference will both impart information as to what is known of governments’ intentions to date and be a listening exercise on current experiences, views and concerns on the implications for migrants in the future. The three themes are:
- One big border? How are plans for border controls and ‘in country’ immigration enforcement in NI changing and likely to operate in future;
- Protecting existing rights – what will happen to the rights of existing migrant workers in NI in future – covering issues of settlement and entitlements;
- Free movement post-Brexit – how is free movement likely to operate after Brexit both in a ‘transitional’ and subsequent phase and the implications for EU and non-EU citizens;
This conference is a partnership involving STEP and the Stronger Together Network, the BREXITLawNI project, and the Equality Coalition (a network of equality NGOs co-convened by CAJ and the trade union UNISON, who are also engaged through the UNISON BME members group). The conference will inform policy papers being prepared by the BrexitLawNI team on the issues of freedom of movement and migrant rights. We are grateful for support from the George Mitchell Institute, Human Rights Centre and Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice (ICCJ) at Queens University.
Who is this conference for?
The conference is aimed at anyone with a key interest in the implications of BREXIT and specifically implications on Migrant Workers. This group will include BME advocates and support groups, union reps, human rights activists, community stakeholders, NGOs, policy makers, community & voluntary organisations, public sector representatives, employers etc. Attendance at the conference is free but as places are limited to 100, we request that delegates are willing to be proactive in sharing their views and experience.
How do I attend?
For registration details, please click here.
Please note that this conference has a limited number of spaces and therefore registration should be completed as soon as possible.
We look forward to seeing you there!