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.
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This episode of the podcast focuses on the lives of these younger Britons living southern Spain as Michaela welcomes Mike Danby, into the studio to the latest Brexit Brits Abroad report ‘Talking Brexit with 18-35 year-old UK citizens living in Southern Spain’.
Our latest report – ‘Talking Brexit with 18-35 year old UK citizens in southern Spain’ – aims to highlight the diversity of British citizens living in Spain in terms of age. It considers what Brexit means for younger UK citizens navigating the European labour market.
This report published in August 2018 is based on in-depth interviews with 18-35 year old British citizens living in Granada and Seville. It forms part of our wider ambition...
Most British in Spain did not manage to integrate well, and formed liquid or transient communities that were dissolved on returning home. Nevertheless, some older people have settled into...
Read the second report from Karen O’Reilly’s research talking Brexit with the British in Spain. It reflects on questions of national identity, and what we know about the withdrawal agreement and what is will mean for UK citizens in Spain.
Visit this page to download our full report, co-authored with colleagues at the Migration Policy Institute, about the steps EU27 states home to UK citizens need to do to provide them with route maps about their options for remaining legally resident post-Brexit.
Read the first report from Karen O’Reilly about her research talking Brexit with the British in Spain.