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Between disruptions and connections: “New” European Union migrants in the United Kingdom before and after the Brexit

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posted on 30.10.2018, 09:50 by Aija Lulle, Russell King, Veronika Dvorakova, Aleksandra Szkudlarek
This paper examines the pre- and post-Brexit experiences and perspectives of migrants from three “new” European Union (EU) countries—Latvia, Poland, and Slovakia—who are living and working or studying in the London area. Deploying the key concepts of power-geometry and relational space, the analysis explores the way that Brexit impacted the migrants' connections to the U.K. “bounded space” and their ongoing mobility behaviour and plans. Empirical evidence comes from 35 in-depth interviews with migrants, most of whom were interviewed both before and after the referendum of June 23, 2016. We find that migrants are unequally positioned socio-spatially to deal with the new power-geometries resulting from Brexit, and we detect diverging trajectories between the more highly skilled and high-achieving EU citizens and the more disadvantaged low-skilled labour migrants. First, we probe the uncertainties brought about by juridical status, related to the length of stay in Britain. Second, we explore personal and professional connections and disruptions. Third, we question how the power-geometries of time, juridical status, and personal/professional connections/disruptions shape future mobility plans.

Funding

YMOBILITY: “Youth Mobility: Maximising Opportunities for Individuals, Labour Markets and Regions in Europe”. Grant Number: 649491

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Population, Space and Place

Volume

25

Issue

1

Citation

LULLE, A. ... et al, 2018. Between disruptions and connections: “New” European Union migrants in the United Kingdom before and after the Brexit. Population, Space and Place, 25 (1), e2200.

Publisher

© John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: LULLE, A. ... et al, 2018. Between disruptions and connections: “New” European Union migrants in the United Kingdom before and after the Brexit. Population, Space and Place, 25 (1), e2200, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.2200. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions

Acceptance date

31/07/2018

Publication date

2018-09-27

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1544-8444

eISSN

1544-8452

Language

en

Article number

e2200

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Loughborough Publications

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