Graham Hills 514
Time Slot: 
Monday 10th April 09:30 - 11:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Nevena Nancheva (Kingston University)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Chris Moreh (York St John University)
  • Dr Radu Cinpoes (Kingston University)
  • Dr Ronald Ranta (Kingston University )

Intra-EU migration means that citizens of EU member states can exercise established treaty rights across the EU: work, study, settle, and retire. Despite temporary labour market access restrictions placed on Bulgarians and Romanians, such has been the case with EU migration to the UK since 2004. The British vote to leave the EU has cast doubt on this right. It has promised to affect in many direct and possibly indirect ways the life of EU migrants in the UK, sowing anxiety and uncertainty. How has this event affected EU migrants' perceptions of their place in the UK and the purpose of their migration? What challenges has it faced them with in terms of legal framework, institutions, rights, as well as in terms of interaction with and integration into the community. These are the two leading questions the papers in our panel aim to explore. 

One explanatory perspective over these questions comes from the study of nationalism. What does it mean to belong to a community away from the country whose nationality defines your legal rights, how does this change over time and during crises, and what is the impact of belonging to a larger community of Europeans. Dr Ellie Knott's paper will address some of these questions: “For the first time here in this country I felt like an immigrant: Identity, Citizenship and EU Immigration after the UK-EU Referendum”  

Another way to shed light on our leading questions is by examining the legal rights context, the possibilities for civic action, and individual and group strategies for coping with the uncertainty of the post-Brexit period. Dr Chris Moreh will present the findings of his group's project on EU Migrants' Attitudes towards a Changing UK and Europe: "EU migrants and the micropolitics of Brexit: opinion- and decision-making in uncertain times". 

A third important layer of understanding perceptions and challenges of belonging of EU migrants in the UK is by examining the way EU migration has played out in the realm of social mobility in the UK. Dr Radu Cinpoes will discuss his study on EU migration in the UK from this perspective: “Transnational Mobility, Social Mobility and Subjectivity: EU Migrants in the UK”.

Finally, it is important to understand the impact European integration as a polity and as a structural and normative context has on EU migrants and their experience in the UK. From enacting a sense of European identity, through transforming attitudes and behaviour, to enabling mobility and rights, the EU is an important aspect of studying EU migration in the UK even - and indeed, especially - after the Brexit vote. Dr Ronald Ranta and Dr Nevena Nancheva will present the findings of their project on EU Migrants in the UK with a focus on European identity and Europeanization: “Where are the Europeans? EU migrants and European identity in the context of Brexit”.