In episode 40, Michaela and Karen are joined by leading sociologist Professor Pauline Leonard to discuss British emigration. Painting a multi-faceted picture of British migrants, they trouble the orthodoxies in how we understand British citizens living abroad.
Brexit has made many people pause to reflect on what it means to be British at this point in time. In this episode, the project team reflect further on our conversations Britons living in the EU-27, highlighting how these reveal people’s changing relationship with the place they were born, how this relates to their feelings about the places they now live, and their sense of themselves as British.
Our images of Britons living in the rest of the EU are dominated by twin stereotypes: the sun-seeking, patriotic pensioner in Spain and the upper-middle-class English couple renovating a Dordogne property. Karen O’Reilly and Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths University of London) make a plea for the true complexity and diversity of the British diaspora to be recognised, and explain how these stereotypes feed into a wider notion of migrancy as deviant and problematic.
In this long read, Michaela, Chantelle and Katherine reflect on what the debate about the overseas electors bill tells us about how UK citizens living overseas are understood and imagined by parliamentarians.
Take a listen to Episode 19 of the Brexit Brits Abroad podcast, in which Dr Michaela Benson and Chantelle Lewis discuss who cares about UK citizens living in the EU27.
In this long read blogpost, Chantelle reflects talking Brexit with UK citizens of colour who have made their homes and lives in the EU27, building on her ambition to highlight the diversity of this UK citizen population and revealing how these conversations prompt reflections on what it means to be British and how this intersects with processes of racialisation at home and abroad.
In Episode 18 of our podcast series, Michaela speaks with Chantelle Lewis about UK citizens of colour who have made their homes and lives in the EU27 and how Brexit for them intersects with longer personal histories of racism and exclusion.
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In the first of our long read blogs, Karen reflects back on her research with Britons living in Spain, to locate contemporary questions about Britain’s relationship(s) to Europe emerging...
Tune into Episode 16 of our podcast on all things Brexit and UK citizens who have made their homes and lives in the EU27. In this episode, Dr Michaela Benson reflects on her research in France and questions of Brexit, belonging and Britishness.