‘Our own government has done absolutely nothing for us’: Brexit and the British in Spain

16 Mar

Not all the British in Spain are retirees, and many are confused and angry by the limited information about Brexit available from both the British and Spanish governments. Many now question where they belong, writes Karen O’Reilly (Loughborough University). Many British people living in Spain have been left confused, fearful and in the dark about … Continued

‘I don’t want to get kicked out’: Brexit and the British in France

11 Mar

Almost four years after the referendum, many Britons living in France are still in the dark about what Brexit means for their future lives in France, writes Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths University of London). France hosts the second largest number of UK nationals in the EU27, and is home to approximately 150,000 Britons. Yet almost four years … Continued

Long read | Who are you calling unskilled?

6 Mar

Why do we tend to label migrants who do manual, caring and service labour as unskilled? Because, Patrick McGovern (LSE) argues, labelling them in this way makes it easier to justify exclusion, especially since the term ‘unskilled worker’ implies that such a person cannot learn. The government’s new immigration policy seeks to completely close off ‘unskilled migration’ to … Continued

The proposed immigration system will inflict untold damage

27 Feb

“The UK’s Points-Based Immigration System” Policy Statement, published last week, presents a drastic change to immigration in the UK. Monique Hawkins, on behalf of the3million, representing EU citizens and their family members who have already made their home in the UK, offers their point of view. The government’s proposal is ambitious. It’s difficult to ignore that some … Continued

Care work is undervalued and underfunded. But this has nothing to do with immigration

24 Feb

Because care work requires no formal qualifications, the immigration proposals will make it virtually impossible to recruit care workers from abroad. The sector is underfunded and undervalued, says Heather Rolfe (Demos), and struggles to attract British staff. After more than three years of speculation, the immigration proposals are finally out. The government calls it ‘a … Continued

Migration: how Scotland hoped to do things differently

21 Feb

Scotland set out its own proposals for a post-Brexit migration regime in January, but they have been rejected. Sarah Kyambi (Migration Policy Scotland) explains how Holyrood hoped to attract migrants to areas suffering from depopulation, and why the Home Office’s proposed salary threshold will make it particularly hard to encourage people to migrate to Scotland. … Continued

Emotion, not economics: the ‘Australian-style’ points system

20 Feb

The new ‘Australian-style’ points system for migration is a policy founded on emotion rather than economic reality, write Paul James Cardwell and Sylvie Da Lomba (University of Strathclyde). It will not simplify the immigration regime and will leave businesses struggling to fill shortages. Was Brexit about immigration? For a short time after the referendum, Brexiters … Continued

Will British universities end up as Johnson’s bargaining chips?

31 Jan

With the legal formalities for Britain’s exit from the EU now complete, the university world of the UK and the EU is looking to Phase 2. After three and a half years of regret and frustration, they have a plan in hand. However, this could well be derailed, since at the same time the Johnson Government will be negotiating the future trading … Continued

EU Settlement Scheme: the cliff-edge approach puts many vulnerable applicants at risk

27 Jan

On 20 January 2020 Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered his first defeat in Parliament. An amendment to the European Union (EU) Withdrawal Agreement Bill, moved by Liberal Democrat peer Jonny Oates with cross-party support, passed by 270 votes to 229. Lord Oates’ amendment wouldn’t break the EU Settlement Scheme, but it would fix it, argues Kuba Jabłonowski … Continued

OK, Generation Z – this is how Brexit will affect you

9 Jan

Just before Christmas, Nicholas Barr (LSE) was asked by a 16-year old what he thought about Brexit and how it would affect members of Generation Z personally. In this letter, he explains why he believes Brexit will lead to four sorts of potential loss, as well as making it much harder to tackle the climate … Continued

Scotland is positive about EU citizens, but it needs to do much more to help them integrate

8 Jan

The Scottish government has tried to help EU citizens apply for settled status and has been much more positive about their presence than many politicians in Westminster, writes Piotr Teodorowski (Robert Gordon University). But it has not made enough concrete efforts to integrate them into Scottish society. On 12 November the Scottish Parliament supported a … Continued

More fragmentation and division? What 2020 will be like for Higher Education

6 Jan

What will the year 2020 be like for Higher Education in the UK? Anne Corbett and Claire Gordon (LSE) predict more fragmentation and division. The higher education sector had been expecting 2020 to be a sad, if not bad, year. When the transition period ends, the UK’s 136 universities will lose their automatic access to … Continued

Austerity is to blame for the result of the general election, but so is nationalism

18 Dec

Labour’s electoral defeat falls in between the Leave and Remain ideological poles, writes Raluca Bejan (St. Thomas University). She explains that while austerity is partially to blame for the result of the recent general election, so is the nationalist, anti-immigrant rhetoric that pervades British society.  The results of last week’s general election in the United … Continued

Immigration is no longer the most pressing concern among the electorate

3 Dec

Immigration is no longer the most pressing concern among the electorate going into this election that it was prior to the Brexit referendum, writes Jonathan Wadsworth (LSE). More than three years on, concerns about Europe have eclipsed anything else, including the NHS, defence, the environment and unemployment as well as immigration. However, immigration remains a highly … Continued

Long read | Unsettled status? Vulnerable EU citizens may lose their UK residence overnight

27 Nov

Before the end of June 2021, EU nationals living in the UK need to apply for Settled Status (EUSS) in order to continue living and working here. Amelia Gentleman called the application process via the app the ‘’gateway between belonging and exclusion’’.  In this blog, Catherine Barnard, Fiona Costello and Sarah Fraser Butlin (University of Cambridge) claim that the importance … Continued

EU migration through the lens of inequality: how Britain shaped the unequal Europe it wants to leave

15 Nov

Lorenza Antonucci (University of Birmingham) and Simone Varriale (University of Lincoln) highlight the UK’s influence over EU supranational policies, and explain how Britain contributed to an unequal Europe. In recent years, British progressives have faced the following conundrum: how can we defend the neoliberal dogma of free movement when Brexit has been the expression of a working class revolt (although this can be challenged) […]