Mapping the biopolitics of EU membership

IRiS team ( Nando Sigona, Laurence Lessard Phillips, and Rachel Humphris) to lead new research on the impact of Brexit on EU nationals and their families in the UK.

EU families & Eurochildren

The UK has been a member of the European Union for 40 years. Throughout that time there has been intermingling of people and institutions which can be most clearly seen in the growing number of bi- and mixed-nationality EU families in the UK and their children,  many of whom born in the UK and holding a British passport. This is a growing, and yet understudied and underreported, segment of the British society. In a post-EU referendum context, where the rhetoric about curbing EU immigration has permeated political, media, and popular discourses, producing a stark ‘us and them’ narrative, the question left unasked and unanswered is what are the human and emotional costs of this abrupt geopolitical shift if ‘us and them’ are the same?

Through the study of Eurochildren and their families and their experience and responses to Brexit, this project  – funded by the Economic and Social Research Council…

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