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. This study focusses 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.

Our initial research findings, based on a survey with over 1000 young people across the UK, are now available in two research and policy briefings: Eastern European Young People in Brexit Britain and Eastern European Young People’s Feelings of Belonging. Please email us  if you find the Briefings useful or use them in your work, we would like to know they are making a difference.

If you are a young person born in Central and Eastern Europe living now in the UK, please get in touch if  you would like to find out more about activities we have planned for young people or to talk to us about your own experiences in the UK. You could also invite us to your school to talk about the project.

We would like to open up the debate about this contemporary and pressing issue. We hope you can join us!

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