Here to Stay?

Identity, citizenship and belonging
among settled Eastern European migrant
children and young people in the UK
Our Publications

Academic publications based on the project findings

Sime, D. and Behrens, S. (2022) Marginalised (non)citizens: migrant youth political engagement, volunteering and performative citizenship in the context of Brexit, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Online First.

Sime, D.; Tyrrell, N.; Kakela, E.; Moskal, M. (2022) Performing whiteness: Central and Eastern European young people’s experiences of xenophobia and racialisation in the UK post-Brexit, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Online First.

Moskal, M. and Sime, D. (2021) Young Europeans in Brexit Britain: Unsettling identities, Global Networks, 22(2), 183-196.

Sime, D. (2020) New Scots? Eastern European young people’s feelings of belonging and national identity in Scotland post-Brexit, Scottish Affairs, 29 (3), pages 336-353.

Sime, D.; Moskal, M.; Tyrrell, N. (2020) Going back, staying put, moving on: Brexit and the future imaginaries of Central and Eastern European young people in Britain, Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 9 (1), 85-100.

Tyrell, N.; Sime, D.; Kelly, C.; McMellon, C.  (2018) Belonging in Brexit Britain: Central and Eastern European 1.5 Generation Young People’s experiences, Population, Space and Place, Online issue, e2205.

Policy Influence

RSE’s Young Academy of Scotland reports  on Brexit: The Impact for Scotland (2017) and the Health and Well-being Edition (2018)

The research was mentioned in the Scottish Affairs Committee Inquiry on ‘Immigration and Scotland’

We gave evidence on the research to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee in the Scottish Parliament on the issue of prejudice-based bullying in schools (June 2018)- watch here the session (from minute 10:03):

Policy Briefings (all available on our Home page)

Moskal, M. et al. (2018) Eastern European Youth Identities in Uncertain Times, Durham: University of Durham.

Kelly, C. et al. (2018) Eastern European Young People’s Use of Services in the UK, Plymouth: University of Plymouth.

McMellon, C. et al. (2018) Eastern European Young People’s Political and Community Engagement in the UK, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.

Tyrrell, N. et al. (2018) Eastern European Young People’s Feelings of Belonging: Any place in Brexit Britain?, Plymouth: University of Plymouth.

Sime, D. et al. (2017) Eastern European Young People in Brexit Britain, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.

Previous research

Findings from research we have conducted between 2010-2016 with Eastern European migrant young people and their families are available in the publications listed below.


Sime, D. (2016) Migrant children and young people’s ‘voice’ in healthcare, in Thomas, F. (Ed.) Handbook of Migration and Health, Edward Elgar Publishing.

Arshad, R. and Moskal, M. (2016) Race Equality and Scottish School Education: Ensuring today’s young people are tomorrow’s confident citizens, IAA Briefing, Edinburgh-Glasgow.

Forbes, J. and Sime, D. (2016) Relations between child poverty and new migrant child status, academic attainment and social participation : insights using social capital theory, Education Sciences, 6(3), 1-15.

Moskal, M. (2016) Language and cultural capital in school experience of Polish children in Scotland. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 19(1): 141-160.

Moskal, M. (2016) Spaces of Not Belonging: Inclusive Nationalism and Education in Scotland, Scottish Geographical Journal 132 (1): 85-102.

Moskal, M. and Tyrrell, N. (2016) Family Migration Decision-Making, Step-Migration and Separation: Children’s Experiences in European Migrant Worker Family, Children’s Geographies, 14(4), 453-467.

Moskal, M. and Sime, D. (2016) Migrant children’s spaces of education and language acquisitionCentral and Eastern European Migration Review,  5(1), 35-48.

Sime, D.; Fassetta, G.; McClung, M. (2016) ‘For us, it’s good enough that children are accepted’: Roma mothers’ views of their children’s education post-migration, British Journal of Sociology of Education.

White, A., Tyrrell, N., Carpena Mendez, F. & Ni Laoire, C. (2016) ‘Migrant Children, Global Consumer Culture and Multiple Belongings: Children’s Experiences of Migrating to Ireland’, in C. Ni Laoire, A. White & T. Skelton (eds) Movement, Mobilities and Journeys (Vol 6) Geographies of Children and Young People, Singapore: Springer.


Sime, D. (2015) Migrant children in cities: The spatial constructions of their everyday lives, in C. Ni Laoire, A. White & T. Skelton  (eds.), Movement, Mobilities and Journeys (Vol 6), Geographies of Children and Young People, Singapore: Springer.

Sime, D. (2015) Methodological aspects of conducting research with Eastern European children and young people, in Skelton, T. ; Holt, L. and Evans, R. (ed.) Geographies of Children and Young People (vol. 2), Methodological Approaches, Singapore: Springer.

Sime, D.; Pietka, E. (2015) Transnational intergenerationalities: Cultural learning in Polish migrant families and its implications for children’s inclusion, Language & Intercultural Communication, 15 (2), 208-223.

Tyrrell, N. & Kallis, G. (2015) Children in Transnational Migration, in C. Ni Laoire, A. White & T. Skelton (eds) Movement, Mobilities and Journeys (Vol 6), Geographies of Children and Young People, Springer.


Sime, D. (2014) ‘I think that Polish doctors are better’: Experiences with and views of health services in Scotland among newly arrived migrant children and their parents, Health & Place, vol. 30, pages 86-93.

Sime, D. and Fox, R. (2014) Migrant children, social capital and access to public services: Transitions, negotiations and complex agencies, Children & Society, 29 (6), 524-534.

Sime, D. and Fox, R. (2014) Eastern European children’s family and peer relationships after migration, Childhood, 22 (3), 377-393.

Sime, D.; Fassetta, G.; McClung, M. (2014) Roma families’ engagement with education and other services in Glasgow, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde.


Tyrrell, N. (2013) ”Of course, I’m not Irish’: young people in migrant worker families in Ireland and their plans for the future’ in C. Crowley & D. Linehan (Eds) Spacing Ireland, Manchester University Press.

White, A., Carpena-Mendez, J., Ni Laoire, C. & Tyrrell, N. (2013)  ‘Children’s Words, Children’s Worlds: exploring the experiences of migrant children in Ireland’ in M. Gilmartin & A. White (eds.) Ireland in a Global World: Migrations, Manchester University Press.


Tyrrell, N., White, A., Ní Laoire, C., Carpena-Mendez, F. (eds) (2012) Transnational Migration and Childhood. London, New York: Routledge Taylor Francis.

White, A., Bushin, N., Carpena-Mendez, F. & Ni Laoire C. (2012) Using Visual Methodologies to Explore Contemporary Irish Childhoods, in J. Hughes (Ed) Sage Visual Methods (Vol. 4), Sage Publications.


Darmody, M., Tyrrell, N., & Song, S. (eds) (2011) The Changing Faces of Ireland: Exploring the Lives of Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Children. Rotterdam: Sense.

Ní Laoire, C., Carpena-Mendez, F., Tyrrell, N. & White, A. (2011) Childhood and Migration in Europe: Portraits of Mobility, Identity and Belonging in Contemporary Ireland. Farnham: Ashgate Press, Studies in Migration and Diaspora Series.