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  • Project contributors: Falkingham J, Bridgen P, Evandrou M, McGhee D, Meyer T, Vlachantoni A, Feng Z, McGowan T, Moran J, Moreh C, Edel A,

    This Project is part of the following research programme/s:

    Constitutional Change

    Overview

    This project aims to investigate EU migrants in the UK and how the outcome of the referendum might influence their circumstances and behaviours. The project aims to contribute directly to the debate on the UK's changing relationship with the European Union and the role of population changes in this context.

    The project comprises of four work packages;

    1) Mapping the characteristics of the EU population in the UK – We are mapping the demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the EU born population in the UK, with a focus on bi-national partnerships where one partner is of EU- nationality. Analysis will include distinction between the 'old' EU-15 and the 'new' EU which includes the recent additions of countries to the European community such as Eastern European, Baltic and Balkan countries.

    2) Investigating migrants' attitudes to a changing EU – A bespoke online survey is being designed to collect information from EU migrants in the UK. Data will be gathered on their concerns about the UK's possible exit from the EU and its implications for their rights and obligations within the UK. Among other questions, migrants' thoughts on their intenton to return to their home country will be collected, as well as their attitudes towards the British naturalisation process and the possible consequences of obtaining dual nationality.

    3) Migrants' entitlements in the context of changing social policies - This research assesses the impact of changing social rights for EU migrants in the UK on their ability to enter and remain in the British labour market. It explores the degree to which social policies for migrants have constituted a social investment enhancing the British economy, how recent changes have affected this potential and what the impact of the UK's possible exit from the EU might be.

    4) Influencing the debate - In the run up to the referendum this work package is aimed at effectively informing the public discourse with evidence based knowledge. Through a suite of knowledge exchange activities we aim to create platforms for debate on issues such as the dynamics of population exchange within Europe, the changing composition of EU labour markets, the impact of increasing numbers of multi-national and multi-ethnic families on cross-national legal regulations of welfare rights, and the effect of return migration on insurance and pension entitlements within the different social systems of Europe.

    Publications & Activities

    Renationalised belonging? The effect of Brexit on EU migrants' attitudes to British citizenship.
    British Society for Population Studies 2018 Conference (2018). (University of Winchester)
    Authors: Moreh C, McGhee D, Vlachantoni A,

    'Love in a time of Brexit': Bi-national families and the EU Referendum
    British Society for Population Studies 2018 Conference (2018). (University of Winchester)
    Authors: Falkingham J, Evandrou M, Vlachantoni A, Feng Z,

    'Love in a time of Brexit' The impact of bi-national families on voting intentions and behaviours
    Understanding Society EU referendum research programme project planning meeting (2017). (University of Essex)
    Authors: Falkingham J, Evandrou M, Feng Z,

    From a “community of rights” to a “community of value”: the validation of “good citizenship” among Polish migrants in Brexit Britain
    SSPC Seminar Series (2017). (University of Southampton)
    Authors: McGhee D, Moreh C,

    'Love in a time of Brexit' The impact of bi-national families on voting intentions and behaviours
    Understanding Society EU Referendum Project Workshop (2017). (University of Essex)
    Authors: Falkingham J, Evandrou M, Vlachantoni A, Feng Z,