Tanja Bueltmann is a citizens’ rights campaigner and founder of EU Citizens’ Champion.

Born in Germany and 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.

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

During the EU referendum all Leave campaigners promised that nothing would change for EU citizens at home in the UK and that their rights would be protected automatically. That turned out to be a lie: now all EU citizens, regardless of how long they have lived in the UK, are being forced to apply to stay in their home. If they fail to do so by a particular deadline (this varies depending on whether there is a deal or not), they will become unlawful overnight. That is not acceptable. And that is why Tanja is fighting to protect the rights of EU citizens. None of them should be left behind because of Brexit.

Supporting the3million

the3million are the leading not for profit organisation formed after the EU referendum to protect the rights of EU citizens who made the UK their home. the3million lobby and do other advocacy work; they help EU citizens through outreach and engagement activities; and they take the government to court if needs be to protect the future of millions. Tanja wanted to do more to support these brilliant campaigners and activists because it is not acceptable that much of what the3million do is still carried primarily through volunteered time. That is how the idea for EU Citizens’ Champion was born. EU citizens need further support to ensure their rights are protected. They need champions to help with that. Tanja is not formally involved with the3million.

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 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.

Select TV appearances, articles, interviews and speeches about citizens’ rights

‘Die Methode Boris Johnson – kommt der britische Premier damit durch?’, Anne Will Talkshow, 8 September 2019

‘Com o Brexit a UE mostrou que ser cidadão europeu significa nada’, Diario de Noticias, 11 May 2019

‘Gekommen, um zu bleiben’, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 21 April 2019

‘Die Angst, zum einfachen Ausländer degradiert zu werden’, Die Welt, 7 April 2019

‘Dass wir EU-Bürger so unter die Räder kommen, habe ich nicht erwartet’, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 15 December 2017

‘Denied My Vote’, CakeWatch Podcast, 29 May 2019

Speech at The Convention, London, 4 June 2019

You can follow Tanja on Twitter @cliodiaspora

Consecutive UK Govt's have made many choices in relation to EU citizens at home in the UK. Every single one of these choices, incl to not prevent #DeniedMyVote, failed them. Today you can make a choice too: to help EU citizens hold the Govt to account.
➡️ https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/discrimination-eu-citizens/

People are asking me to explain what is happening in the UK right now.

Most of them are pretty lost: The whole set-up of the press conference. The garden. Who is this guy even. The eyesight testing (what?). The car trip. His tone.

And I really don’t know what to say anymore.

Could they still increase the contempt they have for us? Could they still dig that hole deeper? Could they still gaslight the country some more, implying this is a distraction from the fight against COVID that’s on us? Sure thing: back to coordinated tweeting they go ...

German word of the day for you:

🇩🇪 fremdschämen

A feeling of embarrassment and shame on behalf of someone else who doesn’t feel embarrassment or shame while doing something awful ... like failing to apologise or show contrition while demonstrating contempt for a whole country.

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