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Eastern European young people in Brexit Britain : racism, anxiety and a precarious future.

Sime, D. and Käkelä, E. and Corson, S. and Tyrrell, N. and McMellon, C. and Kelly, C. and Moskal, M. (2017) 'Eastern European young people in Brexit Britain : racism, anxiety and a precarious future.', Project Report. Durham, Plymouth and Strathclyde Universities.


Young Eastern Europeans living in the UK are likely to be considerably impacted by the UK’s decision to exit from the European Union, with some effects already manifest. Young people who took our survey came from all over Europe and identified as Eastern European (see Box 1). When we asked them how they felt about the UK’s decision to leave the EU, the majority said that they felt ‘uncertain’, ‘worried’ or ‘scared’ over their future (see Figure 1). Others reported feeling ‘sad’ and ‘angry’ (we allowed young people to give more than one response here). Young people said they were worried about their insecure position in Britain, the uncertainty over their future, whether they will be allowed to stay, and the risk that some of their family members might want to return to their country of birth. As many of the young people had lived most of their lives in the UK, many were concerned they would have to abandon their homes, friends and family in the UK post-Brexit and move elsewhere.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
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Date deposited:30 January 2019
Date of first online publication:30 November 2017
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