Cambridge University is working to create a Brexit database for Expats. The database will allow British expats living in Europe to keep track of the events and changes caused by Britain leaving the EU.
Researchers at Cambridge University are promising to deliver a database of reliable and up to date information concerning the Brexit process. The main aim is to prevent British students, families and retirees living on the continent from taking panicky decisions influenced by scandalous publications and unscrupulous politicians who prefer noise over facts.
There is a real danger that the information gap about Brexit consequences for British expats in the EU will be filled with rumours and ‘fake news’ which in turn can push expats into making rash and ill-informed financial decisions.
Some experts believe that Brexit rumours could cause a panic domino effect in certain countries.
“Housing markets in areas along the Mediterranean coast could collapse as retirees try to sell up, but with no new UK expats looking to buy. Life savings could get swept away in the confusion”.
Professor Maura Sheehan, Edinburgh Napier University’s Business School
Spain, for example, is already experiencing a property sell out by British expats.
To prevent this, researchers will create an informational hub for expats containing trustworthy advice on the internet and from charities and expat organisations.
During the next 6 weeks, the organisers are going to look at the legal, health, financial and property advice services, English language local newspapers, Facebook pages, blogs and chat rooms used by expats abroad to establish the most reliable sources of information.
What Can Expats Find in the Brexit Database?
The database will cover all essential areas of expat life – legal status, citizen’s rights, access to welfare, health and pensions and how Brexit will affect them.
Unfortunately, the general public won’t have direct access to the database – the organisers want to avoid exploitation of such a great resource by commercial and lobby organisations.
Instead, the Brexit database will be shared with government agencies, legal charities and the citizen advice bureau who in turn will provide advice to expats.
The government on its part also promises to provide unbiased information for British expats living in the EU.
“As we work to get the best possible deal for the UK and British people living in the EU, we will provide as much clarity as possible through a variety of government channels.
We have been clear that we want to protect the rights of British citizens currently living and working in European member states, in the same way that we want to protect the status of EU nationals already living here.” – Government spokesperson said.