Windrush generation is not alone – children of EU citizens could be next

by Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham Theresa May, the UK prime minister, and Amber Rudd, home secretary, have both apologised for the distress caused by the treatment of the so-called “Windrush generation”, in the face of mounting pressure from MPsand the wider public. Having been accused by the Home Office of residing in the UK without authorisation, these Commonwealth-born,…

Home Office in breach of law over permanent residence waiting times

The Home Office has broken the law by failing to publish the waiting times faced by EU citizens trying to get residence documents. The Information Commissioner ruled that Amber Rudd’s department is in breach of the Freedom of Information Act, having sat on the request for seven months and counting. Free Movement’s founder and editor,…

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…

Eurochildren and the art of belonging

Shannon Damery, writes about her experience of researching European identity and belonging of Eurochildren in Brussels, highlighting the complexity and shifting nature of these terms. She is a PhD student at Université de Liège. I’m terrible at ceramics. I have not talent for it whatsoever, but I spent several months in Brussels, Belgium making malformed…

“This is a disgusting political lie”: EU parents respond to the Children’s Commissioner’s letter to Michel Barnier

by Nando Sigona [originally published in LSE Europp Blog, 14 July 2017] Unhelpful, patronising, misinformed, politically motivated, disgusting: shocked parents of EU children living in the UK took to Twitter to react angrily to the intervention of the Children’s Commissioner for England in the Brexit debate. What did the Commissioner Anne Longfield say? And why…

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…

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…