The Eurochildren team is producing a series of photo and audio portraits of EU families in London. What is emerging is a composite picture, a mosaic of voices, perspectives and experiences, with some shared anchors. London is 'not like the rest of England'. https://vimeo.com/335095178 It is 'a bubble', but that may not be enough to... Continue Reading →
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
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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Guest blog by Charlotte Galpin (POLSIS) and colleagues On 25th March 2017, a pro-EU march – the March for Europe – took place in London, with crowd estimates ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 participants. Similar, smaller-scale marches took place in other cities across the UK such as Edinburgh and Newcastle. The march was organised by ‘Unite for... Continue Reading →
Brexit has created many challenges for EU families and their children who had made the decision to migrate to live in the UK. More importantly, it has unsettled their notions of ‘home’ for the majority of them. The questions of ‘where home is?’ and ‘where one belongs to?’ hit hardest particularly upon the secondary-migrant Somalian... Continue Reading →
By Monika Bozhinoska Last year, right before the EU referendum I conducted research aiming to explore how EU long-term residents in the UK construct their identities as political members of the UK. The findings of the research are briefly presented here. For a full discussion see IRiS Working Paper 20 European denizens: The political participation... Continue Reading →
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.
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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Bitter sweet pre- and post- EU referendum diary by Nando Sigona coming to term as many EU long-term residents in the UK with a referendum in which so much is at stake for them but with no right to vote. Catch up with all episodes in here!
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