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Nicola Sturgeon Announces that the Scottish government will pay 'settled status' fees for EU migrants

09-10-2017


The first minister announced yesterday that the Scottish government will pay the settled status fee for any EU citizen working in the public sector. 

This follows Theresa May's assurance that 'settled status' will be offered to EU citizens who have been in the UK for 5 years or more. This statement came with a strongly suggested caveat that there will be a fee to pay to ensure status. 
Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme, Ms Sturgeon said EU migrants had made a big contribution and their right to remain in Scotland should be guaranteed.
She said: "It appears that the UK government is going to make EU citizens apply for what they're calling settled status and possibly charge a fee for that.
"They haven't said what that fee would be, but if it's the same as it is for residents, it will be around £65.

"We will pay that for workers in the public sector. Why? Because it helps individuals, it helps us keep vital workers in the NHS and public services and it sends a message to EU nationals that we want them to stay here because we welcome them."

Source: BBC

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