Author Archives: Beate Metz

Stranded

My name is Richard Wallace, a British Citizen, and I’ve been happily married to Riekje (official name: Hendrika van de Put), from the Netherlands, for over 28 years (August 1993). We have 4 teen/adult children, who are also British Citizens. … Continue reading

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One more broken marriage

I have lived in the UK since I was 19 years old. I studied, got a job, got married, had a child. My job as a tour guide took me all over Great Britain and Europe, I have travelled and … Continue reading

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Drowning in bureaucracy

I am a British Citizen living and working in Spain since 2016. My husband is a Spanish resident with Moroccan Nationality. My husband and I met in Barcelona in 2016, moved in together shortly afterwards and married here in 2018. … Continue reading

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Moving back. It is not so easy anymore.

We departed London in February 2009 for an adventure, living and working in Switzerland and subsequently in The Netherlands where we still live today. The locations were determined by my work. My wife was born in The Netherlands to a … Continue reading

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Like a Divorce…

France was my home for seventeen years, then a second home for ten. I moved there, having dreamed of doing so since I first visited when I was six. I moved with my husband and dog, and not much money, … Continue reading

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For the love of Karol…

I used to be happy in Poland. Married with 3 children our apartment was not big, but with the little we had I turned it into a loving home for the 5 of us and in all those years we … Continue reading

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Finding our worth in post Brexit England

Never have I ever thought that France could eventually become a better prospect than the UK for me. I speak both French and English fluently but have done all my further education in the UK. Though I live in-between these … Continue reading

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Suddenly so very far away…

I‘m writing with a heavy heart about fears I hoped I would never have to deal with. I am Austrian, my husband of 43 years is British. Because of our jobs we have lived in many different countries of the … Continue reading

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THE BUCKET LIST

Young Matt: “I get so angry sometimes. People are so unthinking. They say ’We just don’t want any more newcomers, that’s all. People that are here can all stay, can’t they? Nothing will change for them, right?’ Me: “So what … Continue reading

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Freedom Confined

I am a British Citizen in Austria. My partner is Austrian and we were both quite happy in the UK prior to the Brexit vote. We were probably looking to retire to the EU, but in general, work opportunities were … Continue reading

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Living the European dream

Almost 34 years ago my parents arrived in France – in a Europe whose borders were still closed, free movement being a thing of the future. Immigration paperwork was still an incredible hurdle. The iron curtain was still standing, the … Continue reading

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Longing to belong…

I’m one of those that they all really hate. I’m one of those that they talk about a lot. But also, one of those that they never talk about. One of those that are blamed for the Leave vote. I … Continue reading

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A stateless state of mind

It has been four years since my initial testimony that back then started as a rather random collection of anxious thoughts coursing through my mind. Four mentally very taxing years on, I still clearly see 2016 as a major watershed … Continue reading

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Like a Poppy in the Storm

When I first moved to the UK I was apprehensive, because of my country’s history, how would people see me? On Armistice Day I met a veteran, he asked why I didn’t wear a poppy and I explained that it … Continue reading

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Invisible

I arrived in Scotland from Belgium in September 2013 following my Scottish boyfriend -now husband- after finishing university with a Master in Applied Communications. After having struggled to find a job in my field, working in retailers and some internships … Continue reading

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Feeling Whole Again…

I was born a Czech, of two Czech parents, in 1948 in Prague. My father was a Czech refugee in England at the start of WWII, having fled from his boarding school in Dijon when the Germans marched into France. … Continue reading

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HOPING AGAINST HOPE

I have lived in France for four years, I moved here with my husband from the UK a matter of months before the Brexit referendum. We were horrified at the result. Since then, initially we hoped against hope that it … Continue reading

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Broken Bridges to Nowhere…

In October 2018 we travelled to the UK from our home in Valpolicella, Italy, to await the arrival of our first granddaughter. Before the referendum I had trusted my country, secure in the knowledge that it was still in some … Continue reading

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A new kind of Limbo…

Here I am, 2.5 years after leaving the UK, moving “back” to Germany, and I still find myself in Limbo. Why? Because I am unemployable.  After 19 years in the UK with 6 years of studies there, a CV with … Continue reading

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Still in EUSS Application Limbo

My status in the UK is of crucial importance to me but of greater importance at this very moment in time is to say that I hope you are all ok both physically and mentally during this Covid-19 crisis. Since … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Same

The first time I came to Cornwall, I was 1 year old.I have memories of playing on Readymoney Beach with froggy wellies and a Tommy the Tank Engine bucket. I had ice cream with a flake in it. I had … Continue reading

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#InLimboMessages

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…are Messages of hope, kindness & solidarity from our members and followers which we share on Twitter and Facebook during the COVID-19 crisis. Nobody anticipated a pandemic outbreak like this, nobody knew that our strength and our achievements could be valuable for other … Continue reading

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HOME IS WHERE I AM WANTED…

I feel a “foreigner” in my own country. When Freedom of Movement happened in Humberside, the whole region bloomed. Hundreds of happy, enthusiastic hard-working families, filling our empty communities. It felt like when I was a little girl. Thriving. Inclusive. … Continue reading

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Announcement – 16. March 2020

This is a difficult time for all of us and the In Limbo admin team has been thinking long and hard how we as the #InLimboProject  will position ourselves during this time. #InLimbo has always been about making our voices … Continue reading

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Exposing their motives…

I moved to Estonia back in 2010 out of a love for Europe and the drying up of opportunities in my hometown in the UK after the financial crisis. I found work quickly, fell in love quickly and very soon … Continue reading

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No longer my country…

I came to the UK 25 years ago, recruited by the government for my language skills, on a very low wage, especially for London. I came because I liked the opportunity of living in another EU country for a few … Continue reading

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When the rules get changed in mid game…

In 1997 I moved to Spain and spent the next 13 years raising my 3 sons as beautiful, bi-lingual Europeans. Then, in 2010, I came back for a few months to sort out my marriage to my second husband. The … Continue reading

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Storms in my heart…

Long, long ago I left Iraq for political reasons. I lost „home“ there and never quite got over that. I went to Germany, I became German because my mother was German. That was lucky but I couldn’t settle or integrate … Continue reading

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Where is home…?

Brexit happened at last and I am fine. Or so it seems. I have been trying to name the feeling that has dominated the last few weeks. I have revisited the four and half years I have spent here. I … Continue reading

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Into the Darkness

I landed in Heathrow on a BA flight from Bologna on 31 March 2016, just a few months after my 51st birthday. My English was basic to say the least. I’d had a Skype interview a month before and had … Continue reading

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Bursting the Bubble

Picture the scene: 25 years. For 25 years we were rubbing along quite happily. I say that, but if I’m honest, the last 5 years or so were somewhat wobbly, to say the least. And yet. When that morning came, … Continue reading

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Do not clip their wings…

In early 1996 one late evening the telephone rang. I was in bed but I clearly remember my son, a student at Manchester University, on the other end of the phone recounting the details of a visit to Manchester Town … Continue reading

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Middle-of-the-night musings

It’s the middle of the night and sleep has eluded me. I’ve been awake for hours and earlier I felt as if there was a lead weight in the pit of my stomach.  I had a sense of looming disaster … Continue reading

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In Limbo: Brexit testimonies from EU citizens in the UK

Watch the book trailer for the moving and powerful collection of testimonies collected by Elena Remigi and Véronique Martin, edited by Elena Remigi, Véronique Martin and Tim Sykes, with a foreword by George Szirtes.

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Freedom of Movement is beautiful – #FoMisBeautiful

Freedom of movement is a wonderful achievement and an asset – we value and cherish it and don’t want to lose it for any of #the5million currently #InLimbo – EU27 citizens in the UK and British citizens resident in the … Continue reading

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France24 Interview with Elena Remigi

France24 news anchor Eve Irvine  interviews Elena Remigi, founder of the In Limbo Project live on Wednesday 30th January 2019. Eve: Elema Remigi who has been living in the UK for over a decade and has put together two not-for-profit books compiling the personal … Continue reading

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CBC interview with Elena Remigi – January 2019

Founder of the In Limbo Project and editor of both In Limbo books Elena Remigi is interviewed by Canadian Broadcast Corporation  (CBC) news reporter Briar Stewart in Maidenhead on Monday 14th January 2019. The interview took place the on the day before … Continue reading

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Liverpool – Sunday 16th December 2018

After 905 days or 2 years and 175 days of being #InLimbo please listen to this heartfelt and brilliant speech by In Limbo Project Admin and Advocate Cosi Doerfel Hill Speech by Cosi Doerfel Hill in Liverpool, on Sunday 16 December 2018 … Continue reading

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Second-class citizen

I can tell you exactly when they took my identity. It was on the 24 June 2016 at 4.40am precisely. I will never forget the sharp pain I felt when they wrenched it from my heart in one single rip. … Continue reading

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