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    Despicable migrants? UK’s treatment of foreign criminals will only harden after Brexit

Despicable migrants? UK’s treatment of foreign criminals will only harden after Brexit

An increasing number of EU nationals who have committed crimes find themselves being deported. In the context of the UK’s tortured departure from the EU, the deportation of foreign criminals has become a touchstone of British notions of the public good, writes Nevena Nancheva (Kingston University London). She argues that the UK has effectively curtailed the rights of what it sees […]

What’s wrong with the EU Settlement Scheme, and how to fix it

The EU Settlement Scheme has been touted as an easy route to Settled Status for EU migrants in the UK. But it has serious flaws. Barbara Drozdowicz (East European Resource Centre) explains how vulnerable applicants are being deterred from applying or exploited by ‘cowboy’ advisors.

In our work with disadvantaged and vulnerable EU migrants, the East European Resource Centre has […]

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    What history tells us about the challenges of post-Brexit immigration policy

What history tells us about the challenges of post-Brexit immigration policy

Jonathan Thomas outlines four key lessons from recent history to illuminate the potential consequences of the government’s proposed immigration system. He concludes that the ending of freedom of movement represents the start of a significant new challenge for the UK in managing not only immigration, but also the public’s concerns over it.

With the ending of freedom of movement to […]

No way to avoid Brexit: how it affects the mental health of EU migrants in Scotland

How has Brexit affected the mental health of EU citizens in Scotland? Piotr Teodorowski, Ruth Woods and Catriona Kennedy (Robert Gordon University) talked to migrants in Edinburgh and Aberdeen and found that the ongoing uncertainty about their status, as well as feelings of shock and rejection, had affected their wellbeing and in some cases worsened existing mental health problems.

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What the UK population will look like by 2061 under hard, soft or no-Brexit scenarios

With the British parliament still deadlocked, the UK’s future Brexit strategy is not yet set in stone. Whatever path the UK chooses from here will have an impact on the future of British immigration policy – and therefore on the size of the population, write Nik Lomax, Paul Norman, Philip Rees (University of Leeds) and Pia Wohland (University of […]

‘I want to try and tell them the facts’: adolescents challenging the negative stereotypes of Polish migration

In a time of agitation and uncertainty, an increasingly overt hostility towards EU migrants in the UK has become part of the public and political discourse surrounding the debate over Brexit. Sara Young (UCL Institute of Education), who researches the experiences of Polish adolescents, shows how a group of Polish-born youngsters is challenging such vitriol and asserting their right […]

Why she’s leaving home: the pressures that drove Polish women to the UK

Many Polish nationals – lots of them women – left the country for the UK after 2004. Eva A Duda-Mikulin (University of Bradford), the author of a new book on the subject, says the Polish government needs to understand the reasons why women moved, while Britain should acknowledge the role they have played in mitigating the demands of an […]

Feeling vulnerable and unwelcome: the impact of Brexit on EU nationals

Brexit has left EU nationals feeling vulnerable and sometimes unwelcome in the UK. Sara Benedi Lahuerta and Ingi Iusmen (University of Southampton) carried out research among Polish nationals in Southampton, who explained how an increasingly hostile climate has affected them.

Recent evidence shows that anti-immigration and xenophobic attitudes in the UK reached a peak during the Brexit referendum campaign and shortly […]

Residency, settlement or citizenship? The choice for EU nationals in the UK before and after Brexit

EU27 citizens who wish to stay in the UK after Brexit must take part in the new EU Settlement Scheme meant to replace the previous legal route to securing permanent residence. Once that has been obtained, they can opt for naturalisation. Chris Moreh (York St John University) looks at which option they are choosing, and examines attitudes to naturalisation […]

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    EU migrants contribute to UK public finances, but the money hasn’t gone where it’s needed

EU migrants contribute to UK public finances, but the money hasn’t gone where it’s needed

While migrants’ fiscal contributions could make up for the increased demand on public services, these are currently being used for other purposes, writes Johnny Runge (NIESR). As a result, many people continue to assume that migration is a drain to the economy and to public services.

EU migrants contribute positively to UK public finances. According to recent research, they pay […]