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A gendered EU Settlement Scheme: intersectional oppression of immigrant women in a post-Brexit Britain

Yong, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-3939-6781 (2022). A gendered EU Settlement Scheme: intersectional oppression of immigrant women in a post-Brexit Britain. Social and Legal Studies: an international journal, 32(5), pp. 756-775. doi: 10.1177/09646639221138723


The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is a transitory immigration regime rolled out by the Home Office as part of the measures for the UK withdrawing from the EU. More can be said about whether the EUSS can truly be hailed an overall “success”, as per official Government messaging, several years after its initial introduction. This paper evaluates this by considering two case studies of vulnerable immigrant women required to apply to the Scheme to successfully remain in the UK after the transition period: those at risk of or facing violence against women and girls (VAWG), and non-EU family members (NEFMs) of EU citizens. Using the theories of intersectionality and vulnerability, the paper outlines how gender and immigration status intersect to make women more vulnerable by virtue of the legal framework of the EUSS and its criteria, arguing that it entrenches intersectional oppression faced uniquely by these women.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © The Author(s) 2022. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License ( which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (
Publisher Keywords: Brexit, EU Settlement Scheme, violence against women and girls, non-EU family members, intersectionality, vulnerability.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
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