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

Welcome to our page for young people

This page gives you more information about the ‘Here to Stay?’ project. Also, you might find ‘our Resources’ page useful.

What is the project about?

The project is called Here to Stay?, because it looks at the lives of young people born in Eastern European families, who have moved to the UK. We want to find out if young Eastern Europeans are happy in the UK, what they like and dislike about living here and their hopes for future. Also, if they feel like they belong in the UK and would like to stay here long-term. What does it mean to feel Eastern European or British? Where is home for families who migrate? Do young people experience racism and xenophobia in their everyday lives? These are some of the questions we would like to explore together.

Why is this project important?

Many young people have  moved to the UK from other European countries. If this is your experience, is important that we find out what it’s like for you to live in UK and how you feel about your life here. By giving you and other young people a voice, we can tell adults in charge of key services such as schools, hospitals, youth centres what can be done better for the lives of young people.

Who took part in the project

Over 1,000 young people aged 12 to 18 who moved to the UK from several Central and Eastern European countries since 2004 took part in our study in 2016-2017. Some of the countries young people came from are: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. Other young people were born to Eastern European families elsewhere, for example in Spain or Italy.

What did young people do in the project?

We carried out a UK-wide survey with over 1000 young Eastern Europeans – if you filled in our survey, thank you! We will publish shortly the results of the survey on the website, so please come back or follow os on Twitter (@MigrantYouth) or find us on Facebook. We followed up the survey with group meetings with young people across the UK and family case studies.

Will young people be named in the project?

No young person will be named in any project materials. All information provided by young people will be presented without identifying real names of people or places.

What will you do with these findings?

We will write reports on the project and present them to teachers, social workers, service providers, people from local authorities and Government, so that Eastern European young people’s views are taken into account in improving services in the UK.

We would like to thank all young people and families who plan to take part and support our project. If you are a young person and have any questions about the project, please contact the project co-ordinator, Daniela Sime, at: heretostayproject@strath.ac.uk