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  • Brexit, the British (English?) nationalism and the immigrants from the V4
    Brexit, the British (English?) nationalism and the immigrants from the V4
    Wojciech Bedyński

    I was personally surprised that in the majority of the interviews I made with Polish migrants about Brexit, there appear mentions about nationalistic behaviors of the British people. Even if the interviewees have not experienced them themselves, they were told about them by friends or know it third hand. Referendum campaign revealed much of these […]

  • The Happy End for   (Some) Romani Migrant Children
    The Happy End for (Some) Romani Migrant Children
    Petra Strnadova

    It is generally acknowledged that in the last thirty years, migration policy and multiculturalism in the public policies have been on the list of the most discussed and polarising topics in the British public sphere. Negatively constructed identity of Slovak/East European Romani migrants as “the country´s social welfare system abusers“ and “the non-integrateable community members“ […]

  • Slovak (and Czech) Virtual Communities in the UK
    Slovak (and Czech) Virtual Communities in the UK
    Jana Pecnikova

    We found an interesting study on the topic of migration in the UK with the results of research carried out at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. They focused on Slovak virtual communities and their functioning in the UK. The content analysis shows that the Facebook page “Czechs and Slovaks in the UK” is mainly used […]

  • Cultural institutions as scenes of Hungarian community life in Great Britain
    Cultural institutions as scenes of Hungarian community life in Great Britain
    Katalin Kovály

    In our research, we paid attention to compile data about the Hungarian community life in Great Britain. We were curious about how active the community life is and to how intense the networking is between Hungarians. The conversations revealed that above all we must separate social life organized under the umbrella of official cultural institutions […]

  • A short note about the Hungarian supplementary/weekend schools in the UK
    A short note about the Hungarian supplementary/weekend schools in the UK
    Ágnes Erőss

    In contrast to what we had planned, due to the pandemic this research has been conducted exclusively online so far, when both our interview partners and us stayed at home in lockdown. Often this resulted in unexpected situations when a bunch of kids run into the room during the interview and asked for all sorts […]

  • Migrants and the internal divisions of the United Kingdom
    Migrants and the internal divisions of the United Kingdom
    Wojciech Bedyński

    The United Kingdom is not homogeneous, as was perfectly illustrated by the results of the 2016 Brexit referendum. While at the national level 51.9% of eligible voters voted to leave the European Union, in Scotland 62% of citizens voted to stay in its structures. In no administrative region in Scotland the majority was in favor […]

  • Another Brexit Externality: Au pairs Wanted, Still not Allowed
    Another Brexit Externality: Au pairs Wanted, Still not Allowed
    Petra Strnadova

    As was mentioned in my previous blog, majority of the Slovak interviewees first came to Britain as au pairs. Until recently, it was the easiest and most affordable way for a young foreigner with a lack of qualifications or skills to find a job and explore the UK by living with the host family and taking care […]

  • “I have not seen my grandson in a year”- Czechs demand loosening of travel restrictions
    “I have not seen my grandson in a year”- Czechs demand loosening of travel restrictions
    Karina Hoření

    Today, the group of Czech citizens living in the UK sent a petition demanding loosening of travel restriction to the Czech Ministry of Health. The petition that went public a week ago was signed by more than sixteen hundred Czech citizens.Currently, the Ministry of Health selects EU countries into three categories (red/orange/green). Red countries are […]

  • How does a young Slovak family evaluate life in Britain?
    How does a young Slovak family evaluate life in Britain?
    Jana Pecnikova

    In the V4 Brexit project, we at Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica follow the life strategies of Slovaks in Britain. In this article, we focus on how a young Slovak family evaluates the everyday life in Britain. They come from a small town in the East of Slovakia, where there were not many job […]

  • What does Brexit mean for (and not only) Hungarians? Let’s talk about practicalities!
    What does Brexit mean for (and not only) Hungarians? Let’s talk about practicalities!
    Katalin Kovály

    The previous post about Hungary described that in the last couple of years the United Kingdom has become one of the most attractive destinations in Western Europe for Hungarians migrants. The number of Hungarians permanently residing in the UK was around 100,000 in 2020 (however, presumably there is a significant group of Hungarian citizens, who […]

  • “Good” and “Bad” Migrants in the Perception of Czechs living in the UK
    “Good” and “Bad” Migrants in the Perception of Czechs living in the UK
    Karina Hoření

    In today’s post we would like to describe an interesting feature of the interviews with the Czechs living in the UK that goes beyond life choices and strategies concerning Brexit. We will elaborate on ways how migrants in the UK were divided between desirable and undesirable in their speeches (with Czechs always on the right […]

  • Brexit: a Sad Story with Happy End for Slovaks in the UK
    Brexit: a Sad Story with Happy End for Slovaks in the UK
    Petra Strnadova

    In the following article, we bring forward a brief report on the early-stage research conducted by the Slovak team from Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica. In similarity to our V4 colleagues, we have recruited our interview partners either on personal-acquaintance basis, or with help of the social networks, especially the expat groups. All our interviews […]

  • Brief overview of the migration from Hungary to the United Kingdom since the EU accession
    Brief overview of the migration from Hungary to the United Kingdom since the EU accession
    Ágnes Erőss

    The first blog post about Hungary aims to offer a very brief overview of the estimated volume and main features of migration from Hungary to the UK. The post is based on academic articles and on-line press sources. In the compilation of datasets, we rely on the results of Gábor Csontos, who spent three months […]

  • Brexit?- Nothing Interesting for Czechs (So Far)
    Brexit?- Nothing Interesting for Czechs (So Far)
    Karina Hoření

    How do Czechs living in the UK perceive and experience Brexit? Our team from the Institute of Sociological Studies at Charles University in Prague tries to understand these questions through interviews that we have been conducting since spring 2020- despite our hopes so far only online. In the first blog post of the Czech team, […]

  • Unresolved issues around Brexit
    Unresolved issues around Brexit
    Wojciech Bedyński

    At the session of the Polish parliamentary commission for liaison with Poles abroad on 24 February 2021, deputy vice head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński informed about latest data on the EU Setllement Scheme. He declared that out of 903 thousand Polish citizens who applied for settled status, 662.800 thousand were approved […]

  • Brexit happened!
    Brexit happened!
    admin

    Brexit finally became real after a long process of negotiations concluded finally on the 24th December 2020 with the Trade and Cooperation Agreement signed by both parties and ratified by the UK and the council of EU ambassadors. This came four years after the referendum in which the British citizens decided that they wanted their […]