The Windrush Generation have been treated appallingly. EU migrants may expect an even worse deal

The treatment of the ‘Windrush Generation’ has been appalling. Yet, argues Matthew Grant (University of Essex), it reflects the government’s policy of creating a ‘hostile environment’ for people who lack documentation in the UK. And while the plight of Windrush immigrants has generated sympathy even from people who normally oppose immigration, there is little chance that migrants from the […]

Faith in a better migration policy: what we can learn from Christianity

What can Britain learn from Christian thinking as it draws up a post-Brexit immigration policy? In his introduction to Fortress Britain, Ben Ryan (Theos) points out that migrants themselves are disproportionately Christian, as are the charities working in the field. Migration also informs a great deal of political theology.

The UK will, at some point in the relatively near future, […]

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    Brexit is going to be yet another fissure in the UK’s generational divide

Brexit is going to be yet another fissure in the UK’s generational divide

Brexit is going to be yet another fissure in the UK’s generational divide, writes Richard Brown (Centre for London). Its impact can, however, be alleviated – here’s how.

This summer, around three-quarters of a million UK 18-year-olds, will be able to apply for a free InterRail pass, allowing three weeks unlimited travel across Europe. The European Commission scheme, which will […]

April 6th, 2018|Culture, Featured|4 Comments|
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    The black box of Brexit: identification with Englishness is the best clue

The black box of Brexit: identification with Englishness is the best clue

Brexiteers are not a black box, identification with Englishness best explains their voting behaviour, writes Jan Eichhorn (d|part/University of Edinburgh). While it is easy to blame certain groups for decisions that challenge open societies, when populist leaders get elected or referenda are won by people with nationalist orientations, elite commentators are quick to explain it as resistance to globalisation. However, we should […]

March 23rd, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|

Hate crime did spike after the referendum – even allowing for other factors

Did hate crime spike after the referendum? While there is no doubt the number of reported crimes increased, they are always more frequent in June and July and after other significant events, like terror attacks. After controlling for these factors, Daniel Devine (University of Southampton) finds the referendum was associated with a statistically significant rise in hate crime. But how much, and what […]

Will Polish nationals feel at home in Scotland after Brexit?

How does it feel to be a Polish national in Scotland after the EU referendum? Kate Botterill (Edinburgh Napier University) discusses how the result and subsequent uncertainty affected them, and the strategies they have adopted to deal with it. Post-Brexit, the Scottish Government want a different approach to migration from the rest of the UK, which may lead to […]

First Brexit, then Czexit? Unlikely – Czech attitudes to Europe are very different

The president and prime minister of the Czech Republic are both Eurosceptics, and there has been speculation that the country might follow the UK out of the EU. But, argues Benjamin Whitlock (University of Aberdeen), this overlooks a long history of cultivating a ‘European’ Czech identity, in which the country and its predecessors are placed firmly in a European intellectual […]

Brexit has the semblance of a new English Civil War

Brexit may be coming, but the terms are far from clear. In the range between the Norwegian model (membership in the customs union and single market without political participation) and a hard Brexit severing all ties with the EU, and even the long run dissolution of the United Kingdom, anything is possible. History rarely repeats itself, but some structures […]

Was Boris Johnson justified in using John Stuart Mill to make the case for Brexit?

Boris Johnson invoked John Stuart Mill in a recent speech, arguing that Mill’s thinking about the importance of the nation state underpinned the case for Brexit. Corrado Morricone considers whether Mill’s work can indeed be used to support leaving the EU.

In his Brexit speech on 14 February, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made the case for a ‘spiritually British, European and global Britain’ after […]

Across the water: personal and political reflections on holding dual British-Irish citizenship

After the Brexit vote, Richard S Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London) became an Irish citizen, meaning that he has dual British-Irish citizenship. This was partly from his desire to retain a European identity. More importantly, it reflected a Northern Irish ancestry which, before and after partition, was intimately bound up with the rest of the island. He suggests that for those […]