Identity, citizenship and belonging
among settled Eastern European migrant
children and young people in the UK
Research and Policy Briefing 1 released (10/11/2017)
As part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science, we have launched our first Research and Policy Briefing. Based on findings from a survey of more than 1000 young people from Central and Eastern Europe, the survey reports on young people's feelings about Brexit and experiences of identity and belonging.
The survey found that half of young people said they have witnessed more racism since the 2016 EU Referendum and 77% of young people said they had experienced discrimination in some form because of their nationality, accent or appearance. Racism was a frequent experience for one in five of the young people surveyed, ranging from everyday racism such as name calling, jokes and cultural stereotypes to physical attacks and damage to property. Over half of the young people surveyed were ‘worried’ or ‘uncertain’ about their future following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, while 15.8% were ‘hopeful’ and 5.9% ‘excited’ about their options post-Brexit. Overall, 3 in 4 of the young people surveyed believed they were ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to stay in the UK after Brexit, with only 11% expecting to leave.
The full Briefing is now available to download Eastern European Young People in Brexit Britain