Intergenerational narratives of citizenship among EU nationals in the UK after Brexit: new article in Ethnic and Racial Studies

Becoming or not becoming British? Marie Godin and Nando Sigona look into naturalisation decision making among EU citizens in the UK after Brexit in a new open access article published in Ethnic and Racial Studies.

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The share of British naturalization applications by EU citizens increased in the aftermath of the 2016 EU referendum. This article looks into the range of motivations informing decisions to become British or not among EU families from new and old EU member states.

This open access article contributes to scholarship on migrants’ lived experiences of naturalization by adopting a family-centred approach to explore intergenerational and intersectional dynamics in citizenship decision making. Naturalization involves personal and collective reckoning with a sense of loss of status and imagined future. We argue that rather than a “premium”, naturalization is framed by many EU citizens as a response to a perceived loss of status (defensive narrative) and threat (protective narrative). This process is mediated and negotiated within the household, and the narratives of naturalization are embedded in participants’ social positioning and shaped by their social statuses and senses of entitlement.

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Reflections on Refugee Backlash and Gendered Harms

by Sandra Pertek (@sandrapertek), IRiS, University of Birmingham Within a window of 15 hours, I virtually travelled in time zones from GMT -5 to GMT +5. These journeys reminded me yet again about some of the most haunting downfalls of humanity. First, I participated in the Bold New Voices in Migration Research Conference organised by the Immigration Initiative... Continue Reading →

Mapping the field: Migration Studies

We are pleased to launch a new series of blog posts aimed at providing insights into the key themes, centres of production and geographical foci in migration studies today through an analysis of the coverage of some of the key academic journals in the field. The series is written and researched by the students on... Continue Reading →

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“It took 2 hours and one third didn’t get through”: Piloting the settled status application with Roma migrants

IRiS research fellow Dr Marie Godin and Mihai Calin Bica reveal the challenges the Settled Status application pose to Roma applicants.

EU families & Eurochildren in Brexiting Britain

By Marie Godin and Mihai Calin Bica*

Since the Brexit referendum that took place on 23 June 2016, the Roma Support Group[1], a community organisation working with Roma people in the UK, has been active in informing community members about their rights. In addition, the organisation has been involved in campaigning towards local, regional and national policy makers in order to raise awareness about the specific vulnerabilities of the Roma population and their future migration status. In that respect, it coordinated a special joint roundtable of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Migration and All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, which was held in July 2018[2] so Roma’s people concerns could be heard. Following that encounter, the Home Office invited the Roma Support Group to take part in monthly vulnerable user group meetings[3] in relation to the EU Exit Settlement Scheme[4].. As part…

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Eurochildren meets Keir Starmer

IRis Deputy Director discusses the findings of the ESRC-funded Eurochildren project with Labour Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer.

EU families & Eurochildren in Brexiting Britain

During his visit to the University of Birmingham on 7 February, Labour Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer met with Nando Sigona and the other Birmingham-based UK in a Changing Europe research projects. Eurochildren director presented some interim findings from the project, in particular concerning the mapping of 40 years of EU migration towards the UK and the responses from EU nationals to the uncertainty of Brexit.

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It’s the culture, stupid! Or is it?

By Thomas Hylland Eriksen The events in Cologne have sparked controversies across Europe. This time, the topic is not the economic and social costs of the refugee crisis, but questions concerning culture and gender. We need a proper language in which to address these issues.  There is no simple answer as to what exactly happened... Continue Reading →

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