"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

Helen Keller




the3million was founded by EU citizens for EU citizens – to fight for the rights of those of us who have made our home in the UK.

In doing so, we are not arguing for special treatment or to have ‘more rights’ than other groups of citizens in the UK. We want to maintain our existing rights, and we believe in levelling up, rather than a race to the bottom.

the3million stands together with all organisations fighting for citizens’ rights in the UK.

We have also stood shoulder to shoulder with our British friends living in the EU, who similarly faced dramatic loss of rights due to Brexit. Many of our publications were written together with British in Europe, and you can find them on our library page.

Below, we share a selection of letters, events and campaigns which were achieved by cooperating with other organisations in the UK.


September 2020

Migrants Organise and the3million wrote to the Home Secretary to raise their concerns that adults lacking mental capacity to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme face a real risk of being able to secure lawful immigration status due to the egregious failure by the government to make adequate arrangements for them.

August 2020

JCWI wrote a letter, signed by 100 groups, to the Home Secretary, to demand safe and legal routes, in response to the Government's dangerous rhetoric surrounding recent Channel crossings.

August 2020

Sixty organisations and charities, led by The Children's Society, are calling on the Education Secretary to permanently extend free school meals to children from low-income migrant families, as part of an approach to ensuring that no child living in poverty misses out.

July 2020

the3million co-organised the first online consultation on EU citizens' political participation and representation with the Eastern European Forum UK.

July 2020

the3million co-signed an open letter to Boris Johnson, sent by Reunite Families UK on 9th July 2020. The letter asks the Prime Minister to think again and remove the minimum income requirement, so that families can stay together, no matter what.

In 2012, as part of the hostile environment, a minimum income requirement [MIR] of £18,600 was put in place for families with a non-EU parent that must be earned by the British spouse. A figure that is far higher than the minimum wage and a salary that 40% of people in this country do not earn. Many are putting their own lives and those of their family at risk just to meet the MIR. 

When EU free movement ends,  future EU migrants will also be subject to this legislation.

June 2020

Brexit Civil Society Alliance have joined with 30 charities calling on the Home Secretary to make adjustments to the EU Settlement Scheme to protect EU citizens and family members from Covid-19 due to restrictions on work, travel and services.

June 2020

Detention Action and a group of leading UK NGOs and organisations write to all MPs ahead of the 2020 Immigration Bill debate, believing this is an opportunity to put right a long-standing injustice at the heart of the immigration system – the practice of indefinite immigration detention.

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