How you feel about Brexit

We recently got in touch again with the EU parents (120) we had interviewed earlier on in the Brexit negotiation process to ask some follow up questions. When we first spoke many people mentioned plans, in some cases vague aspirations, to leave Britain, others instead were worried about their legal status and were planning to…

40 years in 4 maps and a GIF

Over forty years of EU membership Britain has seen the population of resident EU nationals rising from 1.8% in 1981 to roughly 5% at the time of the EU referendum in 2016. We use official statistics to provide a historical overview of EU nationals in the UK since the early 1980s until the period around…

Bye bye Britain: call for participants

Are you a EU citizen formerly resident in the UK? Have you and your family left after the EU referendum? We would like to talk to you and hear your story. The kind of questions we would like to ask you are: Where did you move to? Did you settle OK? What about the other…

Eurochildren goes to the Continent

We are delighted to announce that the Eurochildren team has been awarded additional funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to carry out additional data collection and analysis in the coming months. The extension was granted to complete two main tasks: interviews with EU citizens formerly resident in the UK who left because…

Mapping EU citizens in the UK: A changing profile? From 1980s to the EU referendum

New Eurochildren report finds large variation in geographical distribution of EU-born UK residents at time of Brexit referendum. Download Eurochildren Research Brief No. 3 The Research Brief, ‘Mapping EU citizens in the UK: A changing profile?’, published today by the University of Birmingham’s Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), finds that at the time of…

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,…

From mobile citizens to migrants: event at the British Library

In the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s referendum on their continued membership of the European Union and the ongoing negotiations into the issue of citizens’ rights, EU27 nationals living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU27, stand to see their legal status shift from that of mobile citizens to migrants. This has…