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EU Children in Brexit Britain: Re-Negotiating Belonging in Nationalist Times


This article contributes to debates on identification, home and belonging by focusing on EU children in Brexit times.(1) The article combines attention to the emotional and affective side of integration with a focus on the effects of the discursive practices of the state on these processes. The article explores how Italian children and their parents navigate the increasingly neo-assimilationist pressures in Britain. Specifically, it looks at children's ways of accommodating their parents' values of mobility, multilingualism and transnationalism with the revived nationalist logic now dominant. The article argues for renewed scrutiny into the role of public discourses on migrants' experiences, which illuminate the redrawing of the boundaries between inclusion and exclusion at moments of crisis.

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Elisabetta Zontini (United Kingdom)
Davide Pero (United Kingdom)

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