In this conversation with Sean Rowlands, who was born and brought up abroad, moving to London to attend university, Michaela discusses the family ties between Britain and the EU. Thinking about global migration regimes, they question what work Brexit may and may not do to disrupt the privileges of being British within hierarchies of mobility.
In this episode Michaela is joined by Djordje Sredanovic. They talk about his recent research into the impact of Brexit on the experiences and orientations toward naturalisation.
This week, we’re bringing you something a bit different. Recorded at the recent British Sociological Association conference, Michaela and Chantelle present their recently published work on what Brexit means to British People of Colour living in the EU27.
The research paper Brexit, British People of Colour in the EU27 and everyday racism in Britain and Europe foregrounds an understanding of Brexit as unexceptional, as business as usual in Britain and Europe. It reports on original empirical research with British People of Colour who have settled elsewhere in Europe, to bring into view an original perspective to understandings of what Brexit means to Britons living in Europe, and to consider what these testimonies offer to emerging social science research on Brexit.
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.