Majority (mis)rule and the problem with naturalisation for UK citizens in the EU

Will Britons living in other EU member states have the opportunity to naturalise? Dora Kostakopoulou says this would be a potentially fraught and divisive policy option, particularly for those living in states that do not allow joint citizenship. Instead, she argues, we should reconsider the legitimacy of a narrow majority vote that deprived millions of EU citizens, UK and non-UK, of fundamental […]

EU students at UK universities: patterns and trends

What Brexit will mean for UK universities varies from institution to institution. Much data on Brexit’s impact focuses on sector-wide aggregates, the forest that hides the trees. The UK provides excellent teaching and research, as illustrated by the number of its universities ranked in the top 10, 50 or 100 in the world. Yet despite its world-class reputation, the UK’s […]

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, […]

Contrary to popular assumption, most Britons living in the EU27 aren’t retirees

There is a popular assumption that the majority of Britons living in the rest of the EU are pensioners, who have exercised their treaty rights to reside in another EU member state post-retirement. In fact, 80% of the UK citizens who have made their homes and lives in the EU27 are below retirement age. Discussing her fieldwork with Britons living in […]

‘I no longer believe in the British ‘word of honour’: young migrants reflect on Brexit

Young EU migrants’ worries about their post-Brexit immigration status and future are not a concern for themselves alone, writes Aija Lulle (University of Sussex). They reveal an acute loss of trust in the UK and its value systems – signified by the broken ‘word of honour’ – and put social relations between migrants and native-born Britons at risk.

Immediately after the EU referendum, speculation, fears […]

March 28th, 2018|Featured, Migration|3 Comments|
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    Long read | EU citizens in the UK are in a particularly weak position and need an independent authority to monitor their rights

Long read | EU citizens in the UK are in a particularly weak position and need an independent authority to monitor their rights

The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been unveiled, and there are serious limitations to the future protections of EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit. As things stand now, EU citizens risk falling into an implementation gap created by the limitations to bottom-up enforcement, and the limits of international dispute settlement. In this blog, Stijn Smismans (Cardiff University) argues that EU citizens in […]

How trade unions are mobilising around the challenges of Brexit

Not all trade unionists wanted to stay in the EU. Nonetheless, Brexit poses a number of challenges for the labour movement. Steve French (Keele University) looks at the three areas on which unions plan to campaign – the regional and sectoral impacts of leaving the EU, and the risk that future free trade agreements will be negotiated with corporate rather […]

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 […]

The rights of non-UK EU citizens living here are not a ‘done deal’. This is why

The issue of the post-Brexit rights of EU citizens living in the UK was settled at the end of Phase 1 of the negotiations – or was it? Alexandra Bulat (SSEES, University of London) says many people are still ‘in limbo’ – worried that a lack of sickness insurance, past criminal convictions or even civil fines will lead to their […]