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  young people in the UK.

The project is supported by funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is led by researchers from the Universities of Strathclyde, Plymouth and Durham.

Eastern Europeans are the fastest growing minority group in the UK – they are now significantly affected by Britain’s plans to leave the European Union. This study focuses on young people who have moved to the UK from Central and Eastern European countries since 2004. It explores their lives, their sense of identity and feelings of 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.

In light of Brexit, we have prepared a leaflet for EU nationals in the UK based on the questions young people wanted answers to:

How to talk about Brexit with your family

Please get in touch if  you would like to invite us to your 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.

We have produced a teaching guide to discuss the issue of bullying in relation to EU nationals in partnership with respectme- please let us know if you have used these resources and found them useful.

Presentation Lesson Plan
Challenging Bullying Presentation Challenging Bullying Lesson Plan
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Our findings, based on a survey with over 1000 young people across the UK, are now available in five research and policy briefings:

research and policy briefings
 
Briefing 1: Eastern European Young People in Brexit Britain: Racism, anxiety and a precarious future
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Briefing 2: Eastern European Young People’s Feelings of Belonging: Any Place in Brexit Britain?
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Briefing 3: Eastern European Young People’s Political and Community Engagement in the UK
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Briefing 4: Eastern European Young People’s Use of Services in the UK
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Briefing 5: Eastern European Youth Identities in Uncertain Times
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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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