Migration

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 […]

Closing the Overton window: Brexit from gender and queer perspectives

The bulk of the debate and commentary on Brexit has focused broadly on matters such as trade and migration. Very little has so far been said about the way Brexit matters from gender and queer perspectives, write Moira Dustin, Nuno Ferreira and Susan Millns (University of Sussex). In this extract from their edited collection of essays, Gender and Queer […]

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    What people say about migration and Brexit: stories from Glasgow’s East End

What people say about migration and Brexit: stories from Glasgow’s East End

How does immigration feature in the accounts of Leavers and Remainers? Anna Gawlewicz (University of Glasgow) talked to 20 (largely) Scottish residents of the East End of Glasgow about the impact it had on their voting preferences and understanding of Brexit.

In the East End of Glasgow, Brexit may not be the number one concern. It is a place of […]

Why are people moving within Europe? The complexity of migrant decision-making

‘Work’, ‘study’ or ‘family’: these are the official reasons why Europeans migrate to another part of the EU. But Katrin Marchand (Maastricht University) finds that the true reasons are more complex. Separating the choice into two parts – the decision itself and the destination – reveals more about migrants’ motivations.

The principle of free movement between Member States is undoubtedly […]

EU migration after Brexit: high-skilled good, low-skilled bad?

Post-Brexit immigration policy will prioritise higher-earning migrants over the low-skilled. This is often justified by reference to public opinion, which is thought to resent the presence of migrants who are on a low wage. Yet, found Alexandra Bulat (SEESS, University of London), in reality people focus on three things when it comes to immigration: contribution, certainty and community.

“We can […]

April 30th, 2019|Featured, Migration|3 Comments|

He killed the bill: Britons living abroad for more than 15 years still don’t have a vote

Britons who have lived abroad for more than 15 years lose the right to vote in UK elections. This would have changed had a Private Member’s Bill with government support passed last month – but a Conservative MP talked it out. Susan Collard (University of Sussex) says the incident reveals the shortcomings of parliamentary democracy.
MPs’ attempts to take over […]

British governments could have allayed public fears about EU migration. They chose not to

Britain could have used the powers the EU gives it to remove EU migrants who were not working, studying or self-sufficient, writes Louis Carserides. It could even have cracked down on benefit payments in order to reassure those worried about the ‘costs’ of migration. But a lack of political will, as well as a desire to scapegoat the EU, […]

Manufacturing workers were especially likely to support Brexit

What socio-economic characteristics were associated with a Leave vote? Leonardo S. Alaimo (far left) and Luigi M. Solivetti (Sapienza University of Rome) use Local Government District data and find that voters with GCSE-level education, and manufacturing workers in particular, were most likely to support Brexit.

Uncertainties still remain about what drove the Leave vote in the EU referendum. Our research […]