Tanja Bueltmann is a citizens’ rights campaigner and believes that the UK’s place should be at the heart of the EU.

An EU citizen herself, Tanja, like the 3.6 million EU citizens who made the UK their home, is immediately affected by Brexit and by the upheavals it has brought – for both EU citizens in the UK, and Britons in EU countries. For her, for all 5 million lives immediately caught up in Brexit, for all our families, Brexit is intensely personal.

Forced to apply to stay in our own home? Shameful doesn’t get more shameful than that.

While Tanja continues to campaign for the safeguarding of citizens’ rights in the way promised by Vote Leave, the Prime Minister and the EU, she recognises the importance of working with the provisions set out in the Withdrawal Agreement to ensure that no EU citizen is left behind if Brexit goes ahead. That is why Tanja supports the future plans of the3million that centre on outreach for EU citizens and monitoring the Home Office.

Tanja wanted to do more to support the3million because it is not acceptable that much of their work is still carried primarily by volunteered time. That is how the idea for the #EUcitizensChampion campaign was born. EU citizens need further support to ensure rights are protected. They need champions to help with that. And the3million need funds to keep doing their amazing work. To learn more about why Tanja founded this campaign, read her article ‘You’re safe here … until you’re not’: EU citizens in the UK are fighting for their rights.

Tanja has also written for The Guardian, HuffPost, Metro and the THE among others.

Campaigning is only one part of Tanja’s story, however. In ‘normal’ life she is a Professor of History, with a specific focus on diaspora and migration history, at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. So in professional terms too Tanja has an interest in Brexit.

Tanja is not formally involved with the3million, but recognizes the group’s crucial role as the leading not for profit organisation formed after the EU referendum to protect the lives of EU citizens who made the UK their home.

You can follow Tanja on Twitter @cliodiaspora

Thank you @GermanyDiplo for offering ZERO advice for Germans in the UK on your website or the links you provide from it.

Germany through the @EUCouncil must rescue, ring-fence, our rights now!
@HeikoMaas https://t.co/SYbbxkyQW9

The Prime Minister is pretending all is normal.
Both Remainers & Leavers are celebrating the voting down of the deal.
... Meanwhile, the messages in my inbox from EU citizens in despair keep coming in. I have no idea what to tell them anymore. I really don't. 1/

Good question to PM by @SeemaMalhotra1 - shocking that Theresa May doesn’t seem to be capable of admitting that she has to change. Her response to losing by 230 votes is just to think she can invite people in to tell them why she is right and they are wrong. https://t.co/jvfS51qncD

Very nice to receive author’s copies of this. British and Irish #Diasporas
@cliodiaspora @darkeditorial @ManchesterUP

Thank you @EP_President. But we need UK & EU leaders to finally do the right thing and #RescueOurRights! Please agree to ring-fence them now to at least end the additional uncertainty for #The5Million. I only need to look at my inbox this morning to see the harm that is causing.

Antonio Tajani@EP_President

Brexit vote is bad news. Our first thoughts are with 3.6m EU citizens living in UK and Britons living elsewhere in EU. They need assurances with regards to their future. We will always stand by their side.

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