Sinn Féin Councillor Sharon Duddy has said the announcement by the Migration Advisory Committee reaffirms the need for special status for the north within the EU.
“Since the 2016 EU referendum, we have learned that some individuals now feel unwelcome with many reconsidering their future here due to increasing hostility. This is unacceptable.
“EU citizens living and working in the north have made valuable contributions to our economy and society including those who have come from other countries and made their homes here.
“Freedom of movement within the European Union has allowed citizens to live, study and work unhindered across member states with many sectors relying on citizens from other countries.
“Many sectors in the north, particularly the agriculture and agri-food sectors are concerned about the availability of EU workers post Brexit.
“These sectors are particularly vulnerable to Brexit and this reinforces the need for the north to have a bespoke relationship with the EU through special status post Brexit.”