We had, I feel, a really successful first gathering. 11 people showed up, and perhaps a couple more would have been there, but they had trouble finding us.
We discussed the usual Brexit matters, but after a while we got some really good things on how people are feeling, what concerns them, and we even had some time to offer support to someone who is able to apply for permanent residency. A Migrationberater also attended and was helpful in offering advice and help both at the meeting and afterwards.
Some of the matters discussed were:
- The various and different registrations required to both live in Germany and to get your Withdrawal Agreement rights before the end of June 2021. How this affects those with dual-nationality. The process for gaining permanent residency for those here after 31 December 2020;
- Statuses as “Neubriten” vs. “Altbriten”. Do those with dual need to apply for this?
- Family rights, leaving the country to care for relatives;
- Scope of British in Germany;
- Advocacy and raising issues at German/EU/UK level;Referring members to the British Embassy/Consulate for relevant matters;
- Referring members to BME as Immigrationsberater for employment issues, duration of contracts, losing a job and subsequently applying for social security payments.
As an introduction it was good, and we are now voting on when to have our next one, potentially mid-August at the moment. Several people who couldn’t make it to the event this month have shown interest in coming to the next event.
I have some more plans to get the word out to more British people in the Leipzig area, such as speaking to the local English language newspaper, and I will be able to have a clearer view on that once the date for the next Stammtisch is set.
Nick, organiser of the Leipzig event.