These clear and accessible survival guides for EU citizens living in the UK form part of the Big European Citizens’ Guides which follow EU citizens on their journey settling into Britain.
Our first guide covers how to succeed as a European citizen in modern Britain starting from Day One.
The second guide looks at ways you can get involved in the community you live in and make your voice heard, as well as for those who want to help others do so.
Our third guide tells you how the voting system works and how you can get involved politically as an EU citizen living in the UK.
Our fourth guide is a post-Brexit guide for EU citizens living in the UK covering general information about citizenship and rights that will enable them to make choices about their future.
If you are an EU citizen, that is the citizen of an EU member state, who has moved to Britain then this guide is for you.
At the last census in 2010 (Britain takes a census every 10 years), there were 2.3 m non-British EU citizens living in the UK. A similar number of UK citizens live in other EU member states.
The contribution of EU citizens to the economic, social and cultural life of Britain is inestimable.
However, not enough is done to support and make life easier for EU citizens in the UK and we hope that this guide will help.
It is never easy to move home and community within your own member state let alone move to another.
This guide is a modest attempt to put that right.
In a guide this size we cannot capture every aspect of life in Britain but we hope to offer a valuable and practical introduction to life in the UK from the perspective of the EU citizen and provide signposts as to where you can find more help.
Ultimately you will be the one who succeeds and makes a difference – all we can do is to inform, encourage and, as we hope, empower you to do so.
With the help of real life case studies, we follow your journey from arrival and getting established through all the challenges and issues you will face as you move into work, settle down, access public services, start businesses, work, study and succeed in the UK.
We also offer valuable pointers for what to do if and when things go wrong.
We try to strike a balance between information for those who have never been and for those who are coming to the UK for the first time and may have little English.
Dip in and out of the sections you need, use the guide as a check list as much as a source of new information.
We hope you find not just that the information is useful but also that the advice and guidance is valuable.