Migration

Other EU countries must reach out to the Britons living there

The UK has belatedly published plans for EU citizens living in the UK to apply for settled status. But most other EU countries have paid little attention to what will happen to the UK citizens living within their borders. Aliyyah Ahad (Migration Policy Institute Europe) says that many are living in limbo, unsure of what their residency, health and […]

September 26th, 2018|Featured, Migration|3 Comments|
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    A Windrush in waiting: post-Brexit categories of citizen in Northern Ireland

A Windrush in waiting: post-Brexit categories of citizen in Northern Ireland

Northern Irish citizens are entitled to apply for an Irish passport, and many of those concerned about the consequences of Brexit have done so. But efforts to accommodate this, alongside changes to the status of EU citizens, will create no less than nine categories of citizen in Northern Ireland. Ben Warwick (University of Birmingham) looks at what this means for the […]

September 11th, 2018|Featured, Migration|2 Comments|
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    Outside the “London bubble”: listening to views on Brexit and migration in Jaywick

Outside the “London bubble”: listening to views on Brexit and migration in Jaywick

Jaywick is a Leave-supporting village in Essex, and one of the most deprived areas of the UK. Alexandra Bulat (SSEES, University of London) talked to some of the people living there about migration and Brexit.

“We voted Leave, right? Then there is nothing else to say about Brexit!”

“What do you mean by Brexit? Can you explain in layman’s language?”

“I don’t think […]

September 3rd, 2018|Culture, Featured, Migration|8 Comments|
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    Bulgarians in London: A community of strength, but one hidden in the shadows

Bulgarians in London: A community of strength, but one hidden in the shadows

Many Bulgarians have moved to the UK since the early-2000s, but as Maria Koinova notes, little research has been conducted on their views on life in Britain. Drawing on a new survey of Bulgarians in London, she writes that the Bulgarian community is notably different from the way it has been portrayed in the British media. It has many […]

August 29th, 2018|Featured, Migration|0 Comments|
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    Has the government been overestimating net non-EU immigration?

Has the government been overestimating net non-EU immigration?

Could next Monday present another moment of embarrassment for the government on immigration? As figures are finally due out on net migration – delayed from May – the signs are somewhat ominous, writes Marely Morris (IPPR). He argues that it’s looking increasingly possible that the government’s central estimate of migration – based on its longstanding International Passenger Survey – […]

Long read: how to deploy the emergency brake to manage migration

Freedom of movement is one of the ‘red lines’ that preclude Britain’s continuing membership of the Single Market: the PM believes the referendum was a clear rejection of the principle. But could the UK deploy an ’emergency brake’ at regional (rather than national) level to help manage EU migration and thereby qualify for European Economic Area membership? Catherine Barnard and Sarah Fraser Butlin (University […]

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    That easy IT solution to get “settled status” after Brexit. Will it work as promised?

That easy IT solution to get “settled status” after Brexit. Will it work as promised?

Edgar Whitley (LSE) explains how the process of acquiring “settled status” after Brexit may unfold. His analysis shows there is continuing uncertainty about whether applying for electronic documentation will be indeed as easy as claimed. If it isn’t, then the backlash from EU citizens and the EU could be significant, he concludes.

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‘Like the end of a love story’: Brexit and highly-skilled French migrants in London

French migrants in London, most of them highly skilled and economically successful, were among the most shocked by Brexit. Jon Mulholland (University of the West of England) and Louise Ryan (University of Sheffield), who first researched this group in 2011-12, revisited them after the referendum and found uncertainty, precarity and deep sadness.

Despite the destructive shockwaves of the financial crisis of 2008, […]

Not settled yet: questions the Home Office has yet to answer about EU citizens’ status

EU citizens living in the UK will be able to apply for settled status post-Brexit. Anne-Laure Donskoy sets out some of the problems with this plan and the uncertainties that remain.

At long last, the UK government has published the document that was supposed to give all 3.6m EU citizens currently living in the UK clarity and certainty about their status […]

International Health Service: how the NHS has always relied on overseas labour

Would-be NHS staff from overseas will shortly find it easier to secure permission to work in the UK. Doctors and nurses from the European Economic Area, who have helped to meet staff shortages in recent decades, may no longer have the right to do so. Parvati Raghuram (Open University) looks at how the NHS has depended on foreign workers since […]