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 United Kingdom. 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? 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 will take part

Young people between the ages of 12 and 18 who have moved to the UK from several Central and Eastern European countries since 2004 can take part. Some of the countries young people come from are: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania, Russia and Ukraine. Although some young people might be born to Eastern European families elsewhere, for example in Spain or Italy.

How can young people take part?

We have launched a survey for young Eastern Europeans, available at:  www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/heretostayproject If you are from an Eastern European family and have lived in the UK for the last 3 years, please consider taking part. We will follow up the survey with group meetings with young people across the UK. You can volunteer for these meetings at the end of the survey and we will contact you.

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 and articles 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 have any questions about the project, contact the project co-ordinator, Daniela Sime, at: heretostayproject@strath.ac.uk