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Rebordering Britain & Britons after Brexit

Mapping social science research on Brexit and migration

73 articles covering the EU population

Separation process of Britain from the EU and its impacts on both sides
EU has a significant role in the world politics and economics. Τhe importance of Brexit is unquestionable for the world countries whether they are parts of the EU or not.
On June 23, 2016 was held in the UK and Gibraltar a referendum on the permanence of the UK in the European Union. With a narrow outcome in favour of the referendum, on 29 March, the departure of the European Union was activated, which, among many other issues…
The changing status of European Union nationals in the United Kingdom following Brexit: The lived experience of the European Union Settlement Scheme
Following Brexit, European Union citizens now find their rights to live and work in the UK have changed and they had to make an application under the European Union Settlement Scheme, established under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement…
The distribution of EU students and staff at UK universities: patterns and trends
The mobility of EU students and staff is threatened by Brexit, as the favourable conditions allowing for a frictionless cross-border academic learning and scientific research base are renegotiated at the highest political levels…
The Emotional Geographies of Migration and Brexit: Tales of Unbelonging
This article focuses on the emotionality of belonging among European Union (EU) citizens in the context of the United Kingdom's (UK) 2016 referendum and its result in favour of the UK leaving the EU, commonly referred to as Brexit. Drawing from testimonies of EU27 citizens in the UK…
The future of EU citizenship status during crisis—is there a role for fundamental rights protection?
This article assesses whether there is a future for the status of European Union (EU) citizenship and fundamental rights. It operates from the premise that rights associated with EU citizenship are inherently underlined by fundamental rights protection.
The politics of embedding and the right to remain in post-Brexit Britain
The European Union membership referendum (i.e. the Brexit referendum) in the United Kingdom in 2016 triggered a process of introspection among non-British European Union citizens with respect to their right to remain in the United Kingdom, including their right to entry, permanent residence…
The position of EU citizens in the UK and of the UK citizens in the EU27 Post-Brexit: Between law and political constitutionalism
The chapter discusses the position of the EU citizens in the UK and of the UK citizens in the remaining Member States of the EU after the exit of the UK from the EU. These two groups jointly are approximately 5 million people. This means, on the one hand…
The Rights of Citizens under the Withdrawal Agreement: A Critical Analysis
Part II of the Withdrawal Agreement provides for the rights of UK/EU citizens resident in the EU/UK by the end of the transitional period (Brexit citizens).
The social rights of citizens of the European Union and the United Kingdom. Free circulation of workers and social security after Brexit
This article analyzes the impact of the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit) on the social rights of European citizens. In particular…
The tactics and strategies of naturalisation: UK and EU27 citizens in the context of Brexit
Using in-depth interviews with British citizens in Belgium, British citizens in the UK who have explored applying for another citizenship and EU27 citizens in the UK, I explore how Brexit impacts decisions among the three groups on whether to apply for naturalisation.
Thinking Europe otherwise: Lessons from the Caribbean
In the twenty-first century, Europe’s remaining 34 colonies in the Caribbean, the Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean are graphically represented as part of the EU in official maps, yet play no part in the definition of either the normative European ideal or the corresponding common identity.
Turning citizens into immigrants: state practices of welfare `cancellations' and document retention among EU nationals living in Glasgow
This article examines the everyday experiences of welfare provision among EU migrants living in Glasgow, demonstrating how the process of restricting the rights of EU citizens has occurred well before Brexit.
UK Citizens as Former EU Citizens: Predicament and Remedies
This contribution, like those immediately preceding it, is written in the aftermath of the 23rd June 2016 referendum on the UK continued membership of the EU. It first considers, by comparison, ramifications of Britain’s impending exit, should it occur…
Union citizens’ rights against their own Member State after Brexit
The treatment by the United Kingdom of Union citizens remaining on its territory after Brexit and conversely that of UK nationals by EU27 Member States on theirs has given rise to much discussion and analysis. By contrast…
Union Citizenship for UK Citizens
With Brexit, UK citizens will lose freedom of movement, and Europeans resident in Britain will lose the protection afforded by Union citizenship. More worrying still, Brexit threatens to unravel the postwar achievements of European integration. The EU must act to ensure that Brexit is a failure.
University students' representations of Europe and self-identification as Europeans: a synthesis of qualitative evidence for future policy formulation
The current European context is characterised by the emergence of socio-political tensions that threaten to derail the cohesion objectives traditionally promoted by the authorities of the European Union. With EU citizenship in the shadow of Brexit…
Unsettled: Brexit and European Union nationals' sense of belonging
This article explores the dynamics of belonging of European Union (EU) nationals living in the United Kingdom (UK) in the context of UK's withdrawal from the EU.
Visual and Oral Narratives of Place and Belonging during Brexit
Using visual and oral approaches, this article presents new findings on the social construction of place and belonging in the aftermath of the UK's Brexit Referendum. Photographs by our British and non-British participants depict everyday life in a seaside town…
(Legal) assistance in employment matters to low-paid EU migrant workers in the East of England
This paper explores the everyday lives of low-paid, low-skilled EU migrant workers living in and around Great Yarmouth in the East of England both pre- and post-Brexit. It considers the legal problems they face, especially around employment law, and how those problems may be resolved.
The UK National Health Service's migration infrastructure in times of Brexit and COVID-19: Disjunctures, continuities and innovations
The COVID-19 pandemic and Brexit were separate yet inter-related developments which affected the British National Health Service (NHS).
Deporting EU national offenders from the UK after Brexit: Moving from a system that recognises individuals, to one that sees only offenders
Deportation is a core state practice for the management and control of time-served foreign national offenders. Post-Brexit law changes mean that EU national offenders in the UK will become subject to the same deportation rules which apply to non-EU national offenders.
Academic Brexodus? Brexit and the dynamics of mobility and immobility among the precarious research workforce
The article contributes to the emerging literature on the intersection of academic mobility and precarity by examining the impact of the 2016 Brexit referendum result on the mobility and immobility projects of migrant academics on temporary contracts.
London Calls? Discrimination of European Job Seekers in the Aftermath of the Brexit Referendum
The central question in this article is whether there was greater discrimination against European applicants in the labor market in those English regions where public opinion was more strongly in favor of Brexit. Using a field experiment conducted immediately after the Brexit Referendum…
In or against the state? Hospitality and hostility in homelessness charities and deportation practice
This paper examines how deportation became a solution to rough sleeping in pre-Brexit England. It identifies relationships between the social regulation of vulnerable and marginalised adults…
'If we do not have the pickers, we do not have the industry' Rural UK under a Brexit shadow
A 2016 referendum in the United Kingdom narrowly voted for the country to leave the European Union, a decision labelled Brexit. This chapter explores some potential consequences of Brexit for the rural UK and its people under four headings. First, from an economic angle…
The Brexit deterrent? How member state exit shapes public support for the European Union
What are the effects on public support for the European Union (EU) when a member state exits? We examine this question in the context of Britain's momentous decision to leave the EU.
The partialization (and parcelization) of citizenship?
In 2016, Turner argued that 'we are all denizens now'. Taking this argument and the proliferation of quasi-citizenship as a starting point, this article argues that such an argument masks the enduring importance and exclusionary power of citizenship.
Britain and BrExit: Is the UK more attractive to supervisors? An analysis of the wage premium to supervision across the EU
We studied which European Union (EU) economy was more attractive prior to Brexit for employees in supervisory positions. We estimate the extra wage that supervisors earn relative to their subordinates-the wage premium to supervision (WPS)…
The Anxiety of Political Uncertainty: Insights from the Brexit Vote
Anxiety is driven by cognitive uncertainty, and large political events can change levels of uncertainty in a nation's population, including among individuals in migrant groups.
A post-national EU diaspora? Political mobilization of EU citizens in the UK post-Brexit
This article analyses the political engagement and mobilization of the EU citizens post-Brexit and investigates the extent to which these have led to the creation of an EU diaspora in the UK.
A Gendered EU Settlement Scheme: Intersectional Oppression of Immigrant Women in a Post-Brexit Britain *
The EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) is a transitory immigration regime rolled out by the Home Office as part of the measures for the UK withdrawing from the EU. More can be said about whether the EUSS can truly be hailed an overall “success”, as per official Government messaging…
'I haven't met one': disabled EU migrants in the UK. Intersections between migration and disability post-Brexit
Historically, disability studies have ignored the experiences of people who migrate, while migration studies frequently excluded disabled people. This is a surprising omission from both fields of study given that many disabled people are migrants, and many migrants are disabled people.
Infrastructuring exit migration: Social hope and migration decision-making in EU families who left the UK after the 2016 EU referendum
Since the 2016 EU referendum, estimates on net-migration by the UK’s Office for National Statistics have shown two parallel trends: declining new arrivals from the EU (EU immigration) and increasing departure of EU nationals formerly living in the UK (EU emigration). To date…
Superdiversity's backstory
In Superdiversity: Migration and social complexity, Vertovec returns to the concept of superdiversity and reviews its uses in different disciplinary fields. Importantly…
The vulnerability of in-between statuses: ID and migration controls in the cases of the 'Windrush generation' scandal and Brexit
In this article, I argue that identity documents (ID) and migration statuses are both tools of population control and subjectivities that individuals have an interest in holding. I use documentary analyses and interviews with 31 EU27 citizens in the UK…