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Rebordering Britain & Britons after Brexit

Mapping social science research on Brexit and migration

84 articles published 2022

The making of irregular migration: post-Brexit mmigration policy and risk of labour exploitation
This article highlights the role states have in creating the conditions under which labour exploitation can occur. Specifically…
Labour migration policy post-Brexit: The contested meaning of regulation by old and new actors
The end of free movement of labour from the European Union represents an unprecedented form of re-regulation of the UK labour market. This study explores how old and new actors engage with the sphere of migration…
Nearly two years without the Overseas Registration Exam: what's next for internationally qualified dentists in the UK?
Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, internationally qualified dentists have been negatively impacted. This is due to the suspension of the Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) with no confirmation of any future dates. Similarly…
Brexit, uncertainty, and migration decisions
We leverage the British Brexit referendum decision to leave the European Union, to demonstrate how changes in uncertainty about a country's future socio-political condition can impact migratory behaviour. Using official bilateral migration statistics…
Staying connected: low cost airlines in the lives of Polish migrants
This chapter explores the hugely important role that low-cost airline carriers have been playing in the lives of Polish migrants to the United Kingdom (UK) since Poland joined the European Union in 2004. First…
Liberalizing Immigration Policies for the UK Agricultural Sector in the Post-Brexit Era
We investigate the effects of immigration policies on the UK agricultural sector under the new post-Brexit deal through a computable general equilibrium framework.
Policy, office, votes–and integrity. The British Conservative Party, Brexit, and immigration
While Europe’s so-called migration crisis is of fairly recent origin, some of the continent’s centre-right parties have been successfully politicising immigration for at least half a century. But that success and that politicisation can come at a heavy price–for the country, for the party…
The article analyses European cohesion from the perspective of integration policies employed by selected European states. The cases of the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Finland constituting the core of the analysis have been chosen due to Brexit (UK), rigidifying of integration practices after 2015…
'He wasn't nice to our country': Children's discourses about the 'glocalized' nature of political events in the Global North
The accessibility of new media combined with emerging patterns of migration are challenging current definitions of community as we see a shift from close-knit face-to-face interactions to more diverse 'glocalized' networks that defines community as a social rather than a spatial dimension.
(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 jobs all go to foreigners': a critical discourse analysis of the Labour Party's 'left-wing' case for immigration controls
This paper critically examines how senior figures in the UK Labour Party and wider labour movement discussed the topic of immigration in the immediate aftermath of the UK's vote to leave the European Union in 2016. Influenced by the Discourse Historical Approach…
From the state of the art to new directions in researching what Brexit means for migration and migrants
What has Brexit meant for migration and migrants? How has the geopolitical repositioning of the UK in consequence of the UK's exit from the European Union (EU) impacted on the experiences of long-established migrant communities and newly arrived migrants?
The ambiguous lives of 'the other whites': Class and racialisation of Eastern European migrants in the UK
A body of recent literature has examined how migrants from Eastern European countries have been racialised in the UK both pre- and post-Brexit, and has explored the limits of their earlier assumed 'invisibility' owing to their perceived whiteness.
From expat mothers to migrant mothers: narratives of transformations, lost privileges and the ‘quieter’ everyday in Brexit Britain
Focusing on a key dimension of transnational family relations, this article explores the impact of uncertain migratory contexts and citizenship status on migrant mothering. Based on participant observations and semi-structured interviews with French migrant mothers living in Manchester…
Emerging digital citizenship regimes: Pandemic, algorithmic, liquid, metropolitan, and stateless citizenships
This article develops a conceptual taxonomy of five emerging digital citizenship regimes: (i) the globalised and generalisable regime called pandemic citizenship that clarifies how post-COVID-19 datafication processes have amplified the emergence of four intertwined, non-mutually exclusive…
The dilemmas around digital citizenship in a post-Brexit and post-pandemic Northern Ireland: towards an algorithmic nation?
Northern Ireland (NI) has pervasively been a fragile and often disputed city-regional nation. Despite NI's slim majority in favour of remaining in the EU, de facto Brexit, post-pandemic challenges and the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) have revealed a dilemma:
Effect of group status and conflict on national identity: Evidence from the Brexit referendum in Northern Ireland
National identity remains one of the most potent forces in global politics, yet surprisingly little is known about processes of national identity formation and change.
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).
The Future of Irish-UK Relations: Borders and Identities after Brexit: Introduction
It is apparent that the consociational framework established by the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement (B/GFA) is under threat, while the UK's withdrawal from the EU poses major challenges for maintaining peace, prosperity and social cohesion in Northern Ireland (NI).
Walking the Tightrope: Private and Public Interests in Conservative Immigration Policy
The Conservatives have long been ideologically split on immigration between the business right and identity right of the party. Appealing to the social right of its voter base, since 2010 immigration policy has been doggedly restrictive. Yet…
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.
Beyond exception: the Irish border and the limits of cosmopolitan nationalism
Much debate surrounding Brexit and its implications for the Irish Border has leant on exceptionality, framed within the historical context of the ethnonational dispute between Ireland and the UK…
Scapegoats and Guinea Pigs: Free Movement as a Pathway to Confined Labour Market Citizenship for European Union Accession Migrants in the UK
Migrants in the UK from the Central and Eastern European states that acceded to the European Union in 2004 and 2007 often have close proximity to precarity.
Brexit and invasive species: a case study of the cognitive and affective encoding of ‘abject nature’ in contemporary nationalist ideology
The article addresses the issue of invasive non-native species in Britain and its proximate cultural and political implications. Notably…
Irish Unification After Brexit: Old and New Political Identities?
This article contends that the outcome of the prolonged dispute about the future constitutional status of Northern Ireland (NI) will be shaped by the emerging dynamic between 'old' and 'new' political identities in NI.
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…
British Nationals' Preferences Over Who Gets to Be a Citizen According to a Choice-Based Conjoint Experiment
This article contributes new evidence about the types of immigrants that British nationals would accept as fellow citizens. I analyse the preferences of a large, nationally representative UK sample employing a choice-based conjoint-analysis experiment.
Brexit and precarity: Polish female workers in the UK as second-class citizens?
Immigration was a decisive factor in pre-Brexit-vote debates and it remains one of the most divisive topics globally; therefore, it is worthy of attention. Whilst the British people had an opportunity to have their say on Brexit, EU migrant workers have not.
A contested foundation of European integration: The free movement of labour
Since the eastern enlargement of the European Union (EU), the movement from east to west has become the main driver of intra-EU mobility. Recently, the free movement of labour has been contested not only in the debates around Brexit, but also in other receiving countries.
Throwntogetherness in the context of Brexit: Diverse community spaces in the East End of Glasgow
The 2016 UK’s vote to leave the European Union (i.e. Brexit) has evoked a sense of insecurity and non-belonging among EU citizens and other migrant and minoritised ethnic communities in British cities. Against this backdrop…
Bringing anchoring and embedding together: theorising migrants' lives over-time
In this paper, we bring together two concepts that we have been developing separately over recent years, to challenge linear and simplistic notions of migrant integration, depict multi-dimensional processes of settling and changeability over time.
Contagion effect of migration fear in pre and European refugee's crisis period: evidence from multivariate GARCH and wavelet empirical analysis
To test the contagion effect of fear migration between countries, and to show its causality direction, our paper contributes to the economic literature by providing a new study based on migration fear indices quarterly data of France, Germany…
Reflections on Brexit and Migration: Literature Review
The uncertainty generated by United Kingdom's separation from the European Union is an unprecedented historical event, which has led to an atmosphere of discord within and outside the economic block, especially for migrants, due to the consequences unleashed by Brexit.
The Evolution of Nostalgia in Britain 1979-2019
This paper uses the British Election Surveys from 1979 to 2019, together with the 2016-2019 CSI Brexit online panel, to explore how nostalgia has changed over time.
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 Global Demand for Migrant Care Workers: Drivers and Implications on Migrants' Wellbeing
Background: Demographic changes across the globe create increasing demands for care labour mobility. The contribution of migrant workers to the long-term care (LTC)…