In the shadow of Brexit: Portraits of EU families in London

This photo project is part of the EU families and their children in Brexiting Britain: renegotiating inclusion, citizenship and belonging’s study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and The UK in a Changing Europe Initiative. The overall research investigates how families with EU27 parents are managing the change and uncertainty brought by the referendum, and... Continue Reading →

NODE UK|JAPAN international symposium: Call for Papers

The University of Birmingham's Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRIS) and Waseda University's Institute of Asian Migrations (IAM) have established a research network focused on new and old migrations and diversities. The network is called NODE UK|Japan (New and Old Diversities Exchange). Funded by the UK’s ESRC and AHRC and Japan’s SSH and the Japan Foundation,... Continue Reading →

Lack of trust in UK government’s settled status scheme pushes EU citizens to apply for naturalisation: new reports launched today reveal

New reports by IRiS researchers: Nando Sigona, Laurence Lessard-Phillips and Marie Godin published today on the impact of Brexit on EU parents and children

EU families & Eurochildren in Brexiting Britain

Many EU nationals have lost trust the UK government and its Settled status scheme and feel they are being pushed to apply for British citizenship as the only viable way to secure the position of their families in the long run.

Eurochildren, which is researching the lives on EU citizens in the UK, has released three new reports covering the legal, statistical and sociological aspects of the impact of Brexit on EU families.

Nando Sigona, Director of the Eurochildren study and Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity at the University of Birmingham said:

Thousands of children are born every year in the UK to EU parents, many in mixed-nationality families (including British-born parents), to them Brexit and the growing gulf between the EU and Britain poses a profound and even existential challenge. There is no ‘going home’ option for them.

Below a brief summary of the key…

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New refugee integration indicators for the UK

Prof. Jenny Phillimore has a made significant contribution to the development of new Indicators on Integration Framework. They are the most comprehensive materials to date and have the potential to reframe thinking on a National and Global scale.

UK failing to provide universal health coverage by charging undocumented migrant kids for healthcare, claim experts

By charging undocumented child migrants for healthcare, the UK is failing to provide universal health coverage–in contravention of the Sustainable Development Goals and its obligations under the UN convention on children’s rights–argue infectious disease and global health experts, including IRiS Deputy Director Dr Nando Sigona in an editorial published online in the Archives of Disease... Continue Reading →

“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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