General Election 2017: The EU citizens in the UK who can’t vote – BBC News

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Three million citizens of other Countries of the european union live in the UK. Many never sought British citizenship since they are never imagined Brexit would happen. Now that it is happening, how do they feel about a general election is characterized by Brexit, in which they cannot referendum?

‘I urgently wish I could vote’

Romanian citizen Raluca Enescu, 27, lives in south London

On Facebook, parties were talking about the election. I mentioned: “I’m an immigrant, I have no voting right. If there are any people who are too disgusted to vote, delight vote for me.” So I now have a chap in Manchester who will vote on my behalf.

A lot of parties are deploring immigrants are not introduced into civilization. But government participate is part of being integrated, isn’t it?

It does convey a great deal for me that I’m disqualified from electing. I have no idea how my status in the UK will change as a result of the referendum. I’m one of those people who is facing uncertainty about whether I will be able to secure permanent residency or not.

I came here as a Masters student about five years ago. I envisage I choice colleges and universities rather than London – the London School of Economics had the best program in my land. But I settled in straight off. I filled my friends, my sweetheart, and I work in public health policy.

Now, I don’t have the same sense of loyalty to this country that I used to have. If I hadn’t filled my sweetheart I might have already moved somewhere else. London feels very affectionate, but smaller, monocultural municipalities are not safe residences to be immigrants.

EU nomads didn’t vote in the referendum either. I feel like this whole statu has happened because of how disenfranchised immigrants are. The person who has been given the biggest articulation and listened to the most is the small-town working-class person who doesn’t like migration.

I remember inclination incensed when Russell Brand was saying: “I can’t be riled voting.” As someone who couldn’t referendum, I urgently chose I could.

‘I feel like a second-class citizen’

Polish-born Michal Siewniak, 37, lives in Watford, Hertfordshire

I remember well, as small children growing up during socialism, when my mothers were not able to freely assign their referendum. I was 10 when the Berlin Wall crumbled. I retain my mothers then being able to express their views in the democratic process.

So for me , not being able to vote is like going back 20 years.

I was glad to vote in the council elections. I must admit that I adore doing it. But I won’t be able to vote in the general election. As a local activist and onetime councillor, I now query, will I be able to vote again, or stand in the local elections, when the UK leaves the EU?

Voting, standing in any elections – local or national – is such an important part of being a fully integrated part of every society. So I do feel like a second-class citizen. I’m seen as additional burdens and my contribution is not recognised.

I’ve is right there 12 years. I have a life here. My minors, aged 11, eight and two, going to see institution here. Wielding in the charity area, I do my best to help others to integrate.

We are well aware that we are leaving the EU. The knowledge that we are leaving gives me and my family hesitation. I am worried that countless EU citizens, who come here for good reasons, will face discrimination in all gaits of life time because of where we come from and irrespective of which is something we fetch.

There was a lot of hate crime last year. Beings seemed ignored and conveyed their resentment in an nauseating road. A friend of excavation opened a Polish diner and it was vandalised.

I know parties are concerned about migration. I read in the paper the other daylight that in Boston the number of migrants was up 460% and that has changed the local community. I’m not surprised parties are upset.

But nomads are now to wreak. If British parties don’t wishes to do fruit-picking errands, who’s going to do them? They aren’t “re coming” since they are wishes to take errands away from British parties. There’s a demand.

I want to have a platform to foster my headaches. I too hope that the “ministers ” will recognise that countless EU nationals in the UK are keen not only to be employed in Britain, but too to mold the future of this country by is a member of the government process.

‘British people’s rulings should be prioritised’

Mirjam Kaerma, 22, originally from Estonia, is a music engineering student in Cardiff

In some access I can understand why British people want to leave. The EU used to be all about free movement of goods, service and parties – these are positive things. But the EU has become more and more governing. You can’t elect commissioners so “they il be” untouchable. If I look at it from my own country’s perspective, I see how ordinances are made on Estonia. So I envisage the UK should try to negotiate a better batch – for example, follow a same track to Norway, standing a member of the single market.

I envisage most British parties are tolerant and are OK with immigrants who volunteer some sort of value to the system. Talent is always valuable and with British parties it’s ever fast to make friends.

What pesters parties is immigrants who are irreverent towards their country’s culture, laws and customs. I think if you don’t like these then you should go back to your “countries ” or move on to somewhere else.

I moved here in 2014 to investigate and knowledge the UK’s culture. As an international EU student I am not eligible for a student loan for people living expenses. Nevertheless, I am able to support myself by working in a inn as a waitress and holding piano lessons because free movement includes the right to job. Likewise, last-place summer I set up a business with my two sisters and my brother, acquiring healthful refreshment potions based on birch sap.

At the moment, the business is based in Estonia and our notion is to fetch it to the UK.

However, Brexit actually shapes us think twice. How would we be able to sustain the business if Brexit happens without a batch? It might be hard for us.

It’s fairly frustrating not being able to vote, especially if you like being here and you are helping the economy to grow.

Of course, British people’s rulings should be prioritised as this is their residence, after all. Maybe there should be a separate vote for British parties at the legislative elections and the other for the EU citizens who live here. I think it’s very important their rulings are heard – as well as those of British people who live in EU countries, what about their rulings?

‘I haven’t come here to steal someone else’s job’

Italian Maria Iacuzio, 45, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

I had a good job back in Italy but I left it for love.

I learnt at Reading University, then I went back to be employed in Florence and Milan. But I kept in contact with John, who are able afterward become my husband.

We had a long talk. Because my English is good and my husband’s Italian is not we moved here. I have been here 19 years.

It wasn’t fast – I have all my family there. If I had known that England would come out of the EU perhaps me and my husband would have made a different decision. We feel exposed.

After 19 years I’ve not got the right to vote. It’s very frustrating.

So I talk to parties. It’s the only situation that’s in my influence. I try to make the British people aware of what it’s like for us, since they are not mindful. They don’t know how hard it is just to place all the documents together for the permanent residency placard.

My infants are worrying about what will happen to me. They are bilingual, aged 10 and nine. They understand what’s going on, especially after the referendum. They request: “Mummy, are you going back to Italy? ” They go to a Catholic institution, there are a lot of Polish mothers there. Lots of children there are worried about their parents too.

I haven’t come here to steal someone else’s occupation. I coach Italian. Who’s going to do my job better than me?

There’s countless English people who feel exasperated and want to come out of the EU. You can want to come out but why are you trying to affect parties that have been here and ought to have making for the country? We haven’t done anything wrong. We have just followed the rules of the country.

‘I live in horror of what’s in store for me’

Finnish Ari Luukkonen, 50, lives in Manchester

I have been with my British sweetheart for 12 years. He suffers from a terminal illness called COPD and I am his carer.

I’m doing the job of three nurses who would have to look after my partner 24 hours a day if I left. I’m doing that job for 62 a week.

Before I became a carer I worked hard in this country and paid my taxes. I’ve been living here for 16 years.

I’m quite an outgoing being, but recently I have stopped talking about here strangers in the saloon because my accent ever gives me apart and parties request where I’m from.

I get mysterious reviews and occasionally a comment like: “Why don’t you just go back to your own country? “

At the moment I live in horror of what’s in store for me in the future – deportation perhaps, because the government isn’t telling us what their plans are referring EU immigrants. Furthermore, I feel most vulnerable because of the fact that I am only a carer.

I, like the other three million EU immigrants, didn’t have a vote in the referendum. I can vote in local elections but not in national elections. It’s frustrating because I can’t get my articulation heard. I’ve been living here for 16 years and I still can’t do anything.

The only thing I can do is was becoming increasingly vocal on social media. I can get other friends to experience my point of view.

I’m applying for permanent residency. It’s actually, really difficult because I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. And I still need to look after my partner. What’s going to happen to him?

As told to Jon Kelly

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