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Best Practice in Supporting Vulnerable EEA Nationals and their Families: One-Day Conference

Law Centres Network

Friday, 20 October 2017 from 09:30 to 18:00 (BST)

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Best Practice in Supporting Vulnerable EEA Nationals and their Families: One-Day Conference


Brexit is moving ahead fast, yet uncertainty about the status of EEA nationals lingers on. Some EEA nationals are vulnerable, and Brexit could create more serious problems for them.


Does your organisation work with EEA nationals? Do you advise migrants on their rights or help them access public services? Are you concerned about the lack of assistance for them?

The Law Centres Network has a learning event for you. We will

  • Give you first glance at our experience from a two-year nationwide project dedicated to EEA migrant rights
  • Share lessons learned on what works better for people with particular needs
  • Offer a platform for discussion, sharing knowledge and shaping new initiatives to help vulnerable EEA nationals


We want this to be a truly interactive event, so we are limiting the number of participants to enable those who join us to have the time to discuss things in depth.



9.30 – 10.00 Registration, coffee and tea

10.00 – 10.10 Introduction to the Living Rights Project. Julie Bishop, Law Centres Network

10.10 – 10.25 Brexit, Equality and Human Rights. Dr Charlotte O’Brien, University of York



SESSION 1: Vulnerable people caught up in Brexit

This session will look at particular vulnerable groups, how they are affected by Brexit and their support needs

10.30 – 12.10 Difficulties and support needs of particular vulnerable groups  

Facilitator: Audrey Ludwig, Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality

  • Disabled people and carers. Christiane Link, Disire
  • Non-EEA family members of EEA nationals. Dave Stamp, Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team (ASIRT)
  • Children and young people. Anita Hurrell, Coram Children's Legal Centre 

       11.10 - 11.15 Coffee break 

  • Older people. Barbara Drozdowicz, East European Resource Centre
  • EEA victims of trafficking. Carita Thomas, the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit 
  • Rough sleepers and homeless people. Michael Tarnoky, Lambeth Law Centre
  • Low-skilled and precarious workers. Sarah Zawacki, Roma Support Group 

11.55 - 12.10 Discussion.



12.10 - 12.40 SPECIAL DISCUSSION:What relevant legal work can be done to protect EEA nationals’ rights?        

Chair: Michael Bates, Central England Law Centre

Discussants: Dr Anthony Valcke, EU Rights Clinic and Colin Yeo, Garden Court Chambers.

12.40 – 13.30 Lunch break



SESSION 2: Good practice to support vulnerable groups

This session will present the Project Partners’ insights from the two-year Living Rights project: what we expected would work, what actually worked, what was abandoned or modified and why.

13.30 – 15.20 Lessons learnt from The Living Rights project: discussion

      Facilitator: Laura Chilintan, Law Centres Network


  • New Europeans
  • Central England Law Centre 
  • Lambeth Law Centre 
  • North East Law Centre 
  • Derbyshire Law Centre 
  • East European Resource Centre 
  • Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality
  • Ethnic Minorities Law Centre (Scotland)
  • Harrow Law Centre 
  • Polish British Integration Centre



SESSION 3: Taking support for vulnerable migrants further

As Brexit date draws nearer, what gaps are left in provisions for vulnerable EEA nationals? How can we address them? This is where we really get our heads together and discuss how to exploit opportunities to increase support.

15.20 – 16.45 Discussion: how do we work together to achieve change? 

Facilitator: Dr Egle Dagilyte, Anglia Ruskin University. 

Guiding questions:

  • How do we involve policy makers in the conversation? 
  • How can local authorities contribute to protecting minority rights? Adina Maglan, Brent Council.
  • What public communications strategies work to create more nuanced understandings of migrants? (speaker name tbc), Migrant Voice.



16.45 – 17.00 Concluding remarks

17.00 – 18.00 Networking over refreshments. 


Living Rights is a two-year project, ending in November 2017, to foster successful inclusion and participation of EEA citizens living in the UK. It is part funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union. We have done this through information activities aimed at EEA citizens and their family members, public officials, local politicians and policymakers. These have equipped them with clear, accessible and tailored information on EU rights.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided at the event. Please email if you have any allergies or dietary requirements. 

The venue is fully accessible. If you have any questions on accessibility, please email

Do you have questions about Best Practice in Supporting Vulnerable EEA Nationals and their Families: One-Day Conference? Contact Law Centres Network

When & Where

Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham
B4 7ET
United Kingdom

Friday, 20 October 2017 from 09:30 to 18:00 (BST)

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Law Centres Network

The Law Centres Network is the national membership body for Law Centres, legal practices that are charities. Law Centres specialise in social welfare law and target their services at the most disadvantaged members of their communities.

Law Centres Network is a business name of the Law Centres Federation, a charity registered in England and Wales no. 1088588 and a company limited by guarantee no. 2433492. Registered office address: Floor 1, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA. The name 'Law Centre' is a registered trade mark of the Law Centres Federation.

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