Brexit, net migration and Eurochildren

The UK’s Office for National Statistics has released its quarterly update on net migration. This time the figure, 248,000, the lowest level for nearly three years, is ‘favourable’ for the government. But what does ‘favourable’ really mean? Theresa May’s decision to keep net migration in the Tory manifesto as the benchmarch for the success or…

Back to school? Barriers for UK Eurochildren

Helen McCarthy, a doctoral candidate at Middlesex University and a trustee at the Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organisation (IRMO), writes about her experiences supporting EU families in London. Maria* thought she was doing the right thing, bringing her daughter, Laura, 8 years old, with her when she moved to the UK from Spain. Maria, originally from…

The quest for home of European Somali families in Britain

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…

Annus horribilis: Diary of an EU citizen in the UK (27)

So she waited for the first anniversary of that horrible day to come up with her ‘very fair and very serious’ (but no longer ‘generous’) offer. Good on EC president Jean Claude Juncker to cut through the spin and quickly reply that the offer, previously announced as ‘generous’ but the adjective was lately dropped perhaps…

EU referendum one year on

The ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe programme has launched today ‘EU referendum one year on’. The 62 page, 28 chapter report, written by 38 leading academics, covers politics, economics, public opinion, public policies, the implications for the nations of the United Kingdom and relations with the EU following the UK’s referendum last year. We…

Who are ‘we’? Podcast on Brexit and belonging

The first episode of Breaking Brexit podcast series features IRiS research on Brexit and belonging and tackles head-on one of the main issues EU nationals in the UK are faced with since the referendum: who are ‘we’? Lou Del Bello who curates the podcast series explains: We used to be just normal citizens who happened…

Vote for me: Diary of an EU citizen in the UK

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Brief visit to New York, I landed on Monday afternoon and two days later I am back in the airport again, waiting for my midnight flight back home. By midday I will be landing, I cut the visit to New York short because of the general election. No, I have…

Birmingham leads Brexit impact research projects

Researchers at the University of Birmingham will lead a series of three studies into the potential impact of Brexit on people in the UK, including children growing up in ‘mixed-nationality’ families.