Category: Karen O’Reilly

Long read: let’s ditch the stereotypes about Britons who live in the EU

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.

Professor Karen O’Reilly

Professor Karen O’Reilly

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...