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 four research and policy briefings:

If you are a young person born in Central and Eastern Europe living now in the UK, a parent or teacher, you might find useful to read our Talking about Brexit with my family leaflet.  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 or come and see the Here to Stay? Art exhibition at Tramway, Glasgow, 7th July- 26th August.

If you find the Briefings and leaflet useful, please let us know by taking our 5 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 this contemporary and pressing issue. We hope you can join us!

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