Here to Stay?
Identity, citizenship and belonging
among settled Eastern European migrant
children and young people in the UK
Welcome to the Here to Stay? Project

This is the website for Here to Stay? Identity, citizenship and belonging among settled Eastern European migrant children and young people in the UK. The project is supported by funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is led by a team of researchers from the Universities of Strathclyde, Plymouth and Durham.

Eastern Europeans are the fastest growing minority groups in the UK- they are now significantly affected by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. This study focuses on young people who have moved to the UK from Central and Eastern European countries since the enlargement of the European Union in 2004. It explores their everyday lives, cultural and national identities, and their sense of identity and belonging. The research aims to contribute to ongoing debates on migration and the future of UK in Europe post-Brexit, providing information for families, policy makers and practitioners.

If you are a young EU national living now in the UK, a parent or teacher, you might find useful to read our guide on Brexit for families:

How to talk about Brexit with your family

Our initial research findings, based on a survey with over 1000 young people across the UK, are now available in four research and policy briefings:

Briefing No 1: Eastern European Young People in Brexit Britain: Racism, anxiety and a precarious future

Briefing No 2: Eastern European Young People’s Feelings of Belonging: Any Place in Brexit Britain?

Briefing No 3: Eastern European Young People’s Political and Community Engagement in the UK

Briefing No 4: Eastern European Young People’s Use of Services in the UK

Briefing No. 5:  Eastern European Youth Identities in Uncertain Times

Please get in touch if  you would like to talk to us about your own experiences in the UK or to invite us to your school or organisation to talk about the project. We have worked with young advisors to inform our project- and some of them have shared their experiences in a Channel 4 News programme you can watch here.

If you find our project materials interesting or use them in your work, please let us know by taking our 3 minute survey. We would like to know how our research is used and if it is making a difference to you or your organisation.

We would like to open up the debate about Brexit as a pressing issue by including young people’s voices- please get in touch!

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