Brexit: Charities to help Brits in Italy, Spain, Germany and France secure their futures

Brexit: Charities to help Brits in Italy, Spain, Germany and France secure their futures
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Charities in several countries in Europe have been handed government funding to help vulnerable residents apply for post-Brexit residency.

The British government announced on Friday that several charities will receive a share of £3million funding to help Britons living in the EU apply for residency.

“Charities and organisations will receive government funding to provide practical support for UK nationals living in the EU with their residency applications. This includes potentially at-risk groups such as pensioners and disabled people,” the government said.

The charities and organisations receiving funding from the ‘UK Nationals Support Fund’ include:

  • The AIRE Centre
  • Age in Spain
  • Asociación Babelia
  • Cyprus International Financial Services Association
  • Franco British Network
  • International Organisation for Migration
  • SSAFA
It is not clear how much each organisation will receive and how they will spend the money.

But their work will be to “support those who may find it harder to complete all the paperwork required for residency applications. This includes pensioners, disabled people, those living in remote areas or who have mobility difficulties, and those who require help with language translation or interpretation.”

One of the beneficiaries of the fund is “Age in Spain” – a charity that helps older British expatriates. They will be working across Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Another example is the armed forces charity, SSAFA, who will continue to support and work closely with British veterans and their families in France, Germany and Cyprus.

In many countries, UK nationals will need to register or apply for residency in order to secure their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. The exact steps they will need to take will vary by country. 

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