Rebordering Britain & Britons after Brexit
22 December 2021
Call for participants to the MIGZEN survey
Are you an immigrant, foreign student, asylum seeker, refugee, expat, dual citizen (possibly one or more of the above) in the UK? Are you a British citizen who is living or has lived in a EU member state? We want to hear from you!
26 January 2022
Interracial couples and the phenomenology of race
This blog offers an intersectional analysis of interracial couples’ perceptions of dis/comfort and un/safety in England across different contexts – when partners move in public spaces, choose where to make home, and where to travel for leisure.
9 December 2021
Don’t Pass Go: Brexit, Covid-19 and the Rising Numbers of Romanians Stopped at the UK’s Borders
Since the start of 2021 an increasing number of EU citizens have been stopped trying to enter the UK. While Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic contribute to this, the rising number of Romanians being stopped at the border requires further explanation. In this blogpost, Michaela Benson looks at the statistics in more detail.
4 December 2021
Debunking key myths about Britain's 'broken asylum system'
Since the tragedy in the English Channel, the government narrative on irregular crossings has shifted from the bombastic “stop migrants to defend our border” to the more humanitarian-inflected “stop migrants (in France) to protect them from drowning”, Nando Sigona and Michaela Benson explain in this article published in The Conversation
6 November 2021
British citizens living in the EU and the Brexit withdrawal agreement
Michaela Benson reflects on the latest statistics relating to the implementation of citizens' rights provisions for British citizens living in the EU. She highlights what these statistics do and don't tell us, and how whatever the headlines, we need to remain aware of who might be falling between the gaps of these post-Brexit provisions.
5 November 2021
On labelling, rights and mobility: Interview with Nando Sigona
The boundaries of membership are far from fixed and Brexit is a case in point, Nando Sigona explains.
26 October 2021
Hong Kongers at the borders of 'Global Britain'
Michaela Benson reflects on Britain's relationship to the people of Hong Kong past and present. She highlights how the Hong Kong BN(O) visa, which seems an exceptional act in the broader context of the Hostile environment, sits in a longer history by which the Hong Kongers have been considered as an exception in Britain's nationality and immigration legislation.
15 October 2021
Reflections on Doing Sociology Live in Lively Times
Michaela Benson presents some of challenges of conducting a live sociology project on Brexit, where engaging with a range of publics was an integral feature of the research design. It also offers some insights into working against the backdrop of an accelerated impact agenda, under conditions where public engagement and (non-academic) stakeholder engagement were expected even as the research was unfolding.
1 July 2021
Tech at the border: Nando Sigona in conversation with Millie Graham Wood (Privacy International)
When travelling across the world, people are being subjected to multiple forms of tracking and profiling by unaccountable state agencies, what risks are there for migrants in the growing us of technologies for migration governance and enforcement?
30 June 2021
The deadline for British citizens living in the EU is looming
British citizens living in France, Latvia and Malta face a 30 June deadline to apply for their new post-Brexit residence status. Michaela Benson reflects on figures released 29 June that reveal that there are thousands of people still to apply or lose their rights.
11 June 2021
Asylum under threat: Conversation on the New Plan for Immigration
Launched in March 2021, the UK government's New Plan for Immigration is quickly moving towards parliament, after a short and contested period of consultation, 'worth no more than the paper on which it was printed', according to Zoe Gardner, policy advisor with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
2 June 2021
British citizens in the EU: the other side of the citizens' rights coin
Michaela Benson reflects on the 10000s of British citizens yet to register their residence in France, Latvia, Luxembourg and Malta as the 30 June deadline to secure their status under the provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement approaches.
28 May 2021
Which EU citizens are being turned away at the UK's borders?
Which EU citizens are being turned away at the UK's borders? Professor Michaela Benson reflects on the latest statistics and what they tell us about the inequalities within the EU citizen population arriving at Britain's borders.
25 May 2021
MIGZEN co-lead gives evidence to the House of Lords EU Affairs Committee
Michaela Benson gives evidence to the House of Lords EU Affairs Committee about British citizens in Europe and the implementation of citizens' rights provisions.
13 April 2021
Borders and bordering in the age of (im)mobility – Talk for "A critical turn of migration studies?" series
"We didn't cross the border, the border crossed us", Nando Sigona looks at how borders produce citizens and (im/e)migrants alike.
2 February 2021
Brexit on 'Plague Island': fortifying the UK's borders in times of crisis
The coincidence of COVID and Brexit has produced a perfect storm. Public health concerns and containment measures have become entangled with the emerging post-Brexit geopolitics, weaponised to score political points. How can we make sense of this as researchers interested in borders, citizenship and migration?