Researching what Brexit means for British citizens in Spain

December 2017 - Karen's report based on her interviews with UK citizens living in Spain

Spain is home to the largest documented British migrant population in the EU27. Although this population has been dogged by stereotypical images—old age pensioners, living in English enclaves in the sun—as with other areas in Europe, this is a diverse population in terms of age. 

Professor Karen O’Reilly has been leading this element of the project, building on her past research. She has been conducting interviews with Britons living and working in southern Spain since October 2017, speaking to people of all ages, in diverse employment situations, as well as dual nationals. The project research intern, Mike Danby has been supplementing this research through his interviews conducted with 18-35 year olds living in Granada.

The aim of these interviews is to develop an understanding of the key issues that Brexit presents for British populations living in Europe and how these migrant populations are managing these. However, to really develop such an understanding we also need to know a little bit about what brought people to Spain, their daily life, and hopes and plans for the future.

Although the research is ongoing, we have been working to produce some initial analyses, which you can consult here.