Why some eastern Europeans are driven to sleep rough

Until the end of 2017, the Home Office was deporting homeless eastern Europeans. Barbara Dorodowicz (East European Resource Centre) explains why the precarious nature of the job market – made worse by the uncertainties about Brexit – has forced some eastern Europeans to sleep rough. Employers have exploited the uncertainty to cut pay and pit migrants against each other.

Quietly, in November 2015, […]

January 25th, 2018|Featured, Migration|1 Comment|

Keeping freedom of movement is the top Brexit priority for young people

What are young people’s priorities in the Brexit negotiations? In focus groups held around the country, Shakuntala Banaji and Sam Mejias (LSE) found a majority want to keep the right to freedom of movement and maintain trade links with Europe. They also complained about the lack of political education in British schools, which they felt left adults ill-prepared to vote.

Young people in our focus […]

The migrant labour shortage is already here, and agri-tech can’t yet fill the gap

Crops have gone unpicked and unharvested because of a growing shortage of agricultural labour. Richard Byrne (Harper Adams University) explains why farming is so dependent on workers from eastern Europe and why some have already left, or chosen not to come to Britain this year. Agri-tech is not going to fill the gap immediately, and the UK needs to […]

Regional visas could work, but whether they are a good idea is a political rather than an economic question

Should the UK introduce subnational visas after Brexit, so that immigrants would only be able to work in a particular region? Several advocacy organisations and politicians have mooted the idea. The Migration Observatory looks at the pros and cons of such a scheme. Although the regions of the UK have very different labour needs and levels of population growth, the question […]

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    What do British citizens think about the rights of EU citizens in the UK as part of the Brexit divorce?

What do British citizens think about the rights of EU citizens in the UK as part of the Brexit divorce?

The rights afforded to EU citizens living in the UK, and UK citizens living in the EU, is one of the key topics in the Brexit negotiations. But what do UK citizens think about these issues? Presenting evidence from a comprehensive survey of British views toward EU free movement rights, Liisa Talving and Sofia Vasilopoulou illustrate that although the […]

December 14th, 2017|Culture, Featured, Migration|0 Comments|
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    New British exceptionalism – no longer in competition for the best and the brightest?

New British exceptionalism – no longer in competition for the best and the brightest?

Why have British attitudes towards migration shifted so radically in recent years? Anna Triandafyllidou (European University Institute), argues that British exceptionalism is a Leitmotiv that best explains both the once famous historical openness and the subsequent arrival of a hostile rhetoric regarding migration in the United Kingdom of the past two decades.

Britain has shifted radically its migration policy from one predominantly […]

December 13th, 2017|Culture, Featured, Migration|3 Comments|

How the European Council can break the impasse and give EU citizens certainty

The way that EU27 citizens in the UK have been used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations is woeful. Unfortunately, write Ruvi Ziegler (University of Reading) (left) and Brad Blitz (Middlesex University and LSE), the EU has not helped matters by conceding that the rights of UK citizens living in the rest of the EU were negotiable, too. […]

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    Despite fearing what Brexit may bring, UK Poles are here to stay

Despite fearing what Brexit may bring, UK Poles are here to stay

Despite fears related to the increase in hate crime numbers following the EU referendum, and the uncertainty around their future residency status, immigrants from Poland will not abandon their established lives in the UK as willingly as Brexit supporters might like. Aga Kulesa (Warsaw School of Economics) discusses narratives of belonging among Polish immigrants in the UK.

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December 1st, 2017|Culture, Featured, Migration|1 Comment|

Brexit, the four freedoms and the indivisibility dogma

The EU’s position in the Brexit negotiations is based on the premise that the four freedoms of the single market – goods, capital, services, and labour – are indivisible. Wilhelm Kohler and Gernot Müller (University of Tübingen) argue that this indivisibility claim has no economic foundations, and that negotiating on this premise risks unnecessary harm. Reintroducing trade barriers will inflict damage on both […]

Brits in Spain: four broad Brexit narratives (though sometimes it’s best to avoid the topic)

At least 300,000 Britons live in Spain. Joel Busher (Coventry University) has spoken to a number of those in Mallorca and the Costa Blanca about their views and feelings for a British Academy-funded project about their Brexit journeys. He identifies four main narratives, which range from optimism and confidence about life post-Brexit to dismay and anger. Many are careful about what […]

November 21st, 2017|Featured, Migration|9 Comments|