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Brexit and Beyond: Transforming Mobility and Immobility


This Guest Editorial introduces a special issue entitled Brexit and Beyond: Transforming Mobility and Immobility. The unfolding story of Brexit provided the backdrop to a series of events, organised in 2018 and 2019, which were the result of a collaboration between migration researchers in Warsaw and the UK, funded by the Noble Foundation's Programme on Modern Poland. The largest event - held in association with IMISCOE - was an international conference, arising from which we invited authors to contribute papers to this special issue on the implications of Brexit for the mobility and immobility of EU citizens, particularly - but not exclusively - from Central and Eastern Europe, living in the UK. As we outline in this Editorial, collectively, the papers comprising the special issue address three key themes: everyday implications and `living with Brexit'; renegotiating the `intentional unpredictability' status and settling down; and planning the future and the return to countries of origin. In addition, we include an interview with Professor Nira Yuval-Davis, based on the substance of her closing plenary at the conference - racialisation and bordering. Her insightful analysis remains salient to the current situation - in June 2020, as the UK enters the final months of the Brexit transition period - in the unexpected midst of a global pandemic and an imminent recession.

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Central and Eastern European Migration Review


Majella Kilkey (United Kingdom)
Aneta Piekut (United Kingdom)
Louise Ryan (United Kingdom)

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