"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.

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.

June 2020

Over 50 civil society organisations call on the Prime Minister to extend the transition period. Covid-19 struck very shortly after the Withdrawal Agreement so has impacted available time for legislation for British citizens living in the EU.

May 2020

JCWI and The Unity Project joined with partners across the sector to call on the Prime Minister to scrap the Government’s NRPF (No Recourse to Public Funds) policy.

May 2020

Rapar, along with a large number of signatories, wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister of the UK and the Taoiseach of Ireland, in the times of Covid-19, asking for access to healthcare, housing and food for all.

April 2020

JCWI, along with 22 other organisations, wrote to the Home Secretary Priti Patel on 8 April 2020. We asked her to take urgent action to protect families at risk of being split up because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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