Michaela joined the Surviving Society podcast to talk about the durability of (mis)recognitions of British emigration histories, the Brexit Brits Abroad Project and the missed opportunity for migrant solidarities following the EU referendum.
Category: Our findings
We’ve designed a range of outputs—including our podcast, blog, reports—to engage the general public, policy makers and interest groups in the findings of the research. Check in regularly for updates about how our research on what Brexit means for Britons living and working in the EU27 is travelling!
Following the series of votes in the House of Commons w/c 11thMarch, the BrExpats research team conducted a short survey. This was designed to keep a finger on the pulse of how British citizens living in the EU27 felt about the latest political developments related to Brexit. Read our analysis here.
The demographic of the People’s Vote march was notably different to other demos I have been on recently. The march saw between 300,000 to a million turn out (depending on who you speak to) and watching the marchers gather, I had a flashback to three months ago, when people flocked to the Home Office protest for the Stansted 15. This was another issue tied to citizenship and immigration, but at the People’s Vote, there were many, many more white faces in the crowd.
The anti-Brexit movement, to me, looks like a very white and middle class one – and I know many other people of colour feel the same way. But this seems paradoxical considering that Brexit will affect us as much as anyone else, and immigrants’ place in the country was so central to the initial debate. I spoke to campaigners, lobbyists and researchers to find out why.
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.
The research paper, Brexit, British People of Colour in the EU27 and everyday racism in Britain and Europe coauthored by Dr Michaela Benson and Chantelle Lewis featured in the article ‘Travelling while Black’ by Nadine White for Huffington Post. Read it here.
Dr Michaela Benson and Chantelle Lewis from the project team were interviewed about their research with British People of Colour living in the EU-27 for this piece by Micha Frazer-Carroll for the new media publication Gal-Dem. Read it here.
By Dr Michaela Benson. Goldsmiths, University of London The phrase “Brits abroad” often conjures up images of retirees enjoying the sun. But the reality is far more complex and...
By Michaela Benson From the referendum to the negotiations to leave, Freedom of Movement has featured prominently in Brexit. Popular framings of Britain’s decision to leave the EU aligns...
Our project lead, Dr Michaela Benson was commissioned by the BBC to write a piece for their expert network. Based on our research for the project, The puzzle of...
With the UK experiencing its deepest constitutional crisis of modern times, and amidst the drama coming from Westminster in the last couple of weeks, few will have noticed the DExEU’s policy paper on citizens’ rights published on December 6th. But it is precisely these citizens (EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens in the EU) who stand to be affected the most – their lives in some cases shattered – as a result of the political chaos Brexit has brought upon this country.