Summary title: Petition No 0827/2021 by Patricia Brunner (German), on behalf of the International Au Pair Association (IAPA), on establishing a reciprocal youth mobility scheme between the UK and the EU
Petition number: 0827/2021
Topics: Employment, Immigration, Brexit, Education
Country: European Union, United Kingdom
Name of association: IAPA The International Au Pair Association
Name: Patricia Brunner
The petitioner complains that since 1/1/2021 young people from the EU have been left with no visa option to enter the UK as au pairs or on other cultural exchange programmes such as internships or volunteer work. She refers to cases of young Europeans held in detention at the border, which have been widely publicized in the media. She states that the European au pair programme has a formal history of more than 50 years. Alongside the USA and Australia, the UK is one of the most popular destinations for young Europeans seeking a cultural exchange experience while learning the English language.She deplores the fact that during the Brexit negotiations the UK did not follow the suggestion of the EU to include youth exchange arrangements in the Brexit agreement. However, she claims that the British government favours the implementation of the Youth Mobility Scheme Tier 5 and is ready to negotiate a youth mobility scheme with the EU. She submits the answer from the UK Home Office in an letter of IAPA, stating that it is critical that negotiations between the UK and the EU - or single EU member states - begin as soon as possible and that an agreement is negotiated with the EU as a whole which is based on EU Directive 2016/801.Therefore, she requests the immediate start of negotiations for a reciprocal cultural exchange visa option between EU countries and the UK, in order to continue fostering mutual understanding and co-operation in the interest of young people.