European migrants play a vital role in Scottish life. The country has been enriched and enlivened by those who have crossed the continent and made Scotland their home. A consequence of the vote to leave the European Union has been to create a degree of uncertainty for Europeans living in Scotland, as to their status when we formally depart.
ACRE member Dr Ian Duncan MEP has written the following open letter (translated into Polish, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Czech) pledging to do all he can to ensure that those EU citizens, who have chosen to come to Scotland and to put down roots, remain as welcome today as the day they arrived. The content of his opinion piece does not reflect the official opinion of the ACRE. Responsibility for the information and views expressed in the opinion piece lies entirely with the author.
There is no doubt that the result of the EU referendum came as a shock to many people in Scotland and beyond. In particular, it is clear that the result has caused concern and uncertainty among those from other parts of Europe who have chosen to make their home here.
Scotland has a long history of welcoming migrants into our communities. Whether it is the Polish soldiers stationed here in war who stayed on afterwards (my neighbours were Barzmarowskis and Frączyks), those who fled Communism in the 1980s or those seeking the new opportunities which membership of the EU offered, Scotland has been enriched and enlivened by those who crossed a continent and made Scotland their home.
I am proud of that historic link, and will do all I can to ensure that those EU citizens who have chosen to come to Scotland and to put down roots remain as welcome today as the day they arrived. Our country is your country. Our communities are your communities. Our home is your home.
The process of leaving the EU will not be without challenges. However I know that Scotland and the United Kingdom will be all the stronger for the ongoing contribution made by those who have chosen to make their life here.
Since my election in 2014 I have tried to reach out to all my constituents across Scotland, regardless of where they come from or who they voted for. And that is what I will continue to do for as long as I remain in office. Please know that if you have a concern or a question you can get in touch and I will do all in my power to help.
You can find my contact details below.
Dr Ian Duncan MEP
Conservative Member of the European Parliament for Scotland
EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT WIB06M087, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels, Belgium
e: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.ianduncan.org.uk tw: @IanDuncanMEP
Further information is also available on the UK Government website.