The Brexit Effect

And we all continue to live with uncertainly about what kind of future Britain is going to offer the multitudes of EU residents, who call this country home. I have actually found myself, for the first time since the Brexit referendum vote, feeling under pressure to apply for the British citizenship, which I could have done at any point in the past decade but never before thought as necessary. What I do believe is going to happen, regardless of the government’s eventual immigration policy details, is that we will see an influx of migration to the UK from Europe for at least the next two years. In my opinion, compounded by severe cuts to social funding, over the next decade the need for specialist bi-lingual support services is going to be enormous. Those disadvantaged families, including from EU countries, are going to continue to struggle living in the system that is becoming increasingly unwelcoming and unaccommodating. So, the great cultural change and linguistic challenges that your average migrant to the UK tends to face already, are going to become even more profound. A bleak picture indeed in this new, populism driven and short sighted, isolationist, scapegoating world we live in. But, AGFS remains firm in its determination to stand up to injustice and discrimination. AGFS will continue to help families and professionals to promote human rights, dignity and equal opportunities for all.