What does Brexit mean for UK citizens living in the EU27? Talking Brexit with 18-35 year old UK citizens in southern Spain

Danby, Mike and O'Reilly, Karen. 2018. What does Brexit mean for UK citizens living in the EU27? Talking Brexit with 18-35 year old UK citizens in southern Spain. Project Report. Goldsmiths, University of London, London. [Report]

[img]
Preview
Text
Danby & O'Reilly -Young Brits in Spain - 2018.pdf - Published Version

Download (951kB) | Preview

Abstract or Description

This report documents the key findings from research carried out with 18-35 year old Britons living in southern Spain as part of the BrExpats research project. As it discusses:

- All participants placed a strong emphasis on their flexibility, acceptance of change, having fluid plans, or ‘going with the flow’
- Generally, they feel whatever comes their way, they will cope with it
However, Brexit is so uncertain that there is an element of holding tight for the moment while also making contingency plans such as applying for Irish citizenship, or making sure to be officially registered in Spain
- This acceptance of change and flexibility, combined with a certain lack of financial and emotional investment in Spain, meant that while they felt strongly about Brexit, they tended not to articulate this in terms of what it meant for their individual lives, its personal impact, reflecting instead on what it means for Britain today
- Sociologically speaking, in our contemporary world ‘choosing’, or embracing, flexible or fluid plans can be thought of as a pragmatic life strategy, as the experience of resilience and rapid, unexpected change becomes normal and habitualised.

Item Type:

Report (Project Report)

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.25602/GOLD.00027353

Additional Information:

The study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the UK in a Changing Europe Initiative (Grant Number ES/R000875/1). It is led by Dr Michaela Benson, Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Date:

August 2018

Item ID:

27353

Date Deposited:

01 Nov 2019 12:59

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 17:19

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/27353

View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)