Supporting Young People from Eastern Europe during Brexit
  • The Levinsky Room, 3rd Floor Roland Levinsky Building

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Eastern Europeans have been one of the fastest growing minority groups in the UK. 

This workshop focused on the experiences of Eastern European young people who have moved to the UK since the enlargement of the European Union started in 2004. The issues of how best to support these young people during their education and their transitions to further education and employment demands further attention and cross-sector knowledge exchange, particularly in the context of ‘Brexit’ uncertainty.

There were four workshop sessions throughout the day, each one focused on the key challenges for young people Eastern European countries living in the UK: 

  • Identity and belonging
  • Educational experiences and opportunities
  • Racism and citizenship
  • Precarity and future plans.

In the workshop sessions, Dr Naomi Tyrrell (Co-Investigator) and Dr Claire Kelly (Research Fellow) presented the research findings from the ‘Here to Stay? Identity, citizenship and belonging among settled Eastern European migrant children and young people in the UK’ project ( Members of the project’s Young People’s Advisory Board discussed their own experiences and opinions throughout the day. In addition, invited speakers presented the key issues they encounter in their work with Eastern European young people. 

The session format prompted discussion with plenty of time allocated to cross-sector information sharing and knowledge gathering.

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Biography: Naomi Tyrrell

Dr Naomi Tyrrell is Co-Investigator in the ‘Here to Stay?’ project and a Senior Research Fellow in Human Geography at the University of Plymouth. Her research and teaching interests are in the broad field of population geography, with a focus on family migration processes and children’s geographies. She takes a children-inclusive approach to research and uses innovative and participatory methods. 

Naomi’s completed projects have focused on researcher mobility and family life in Europe (funded by the EU Commission), the impacts of child migration on later-life migration (funded by British Academy and Leverhulme Trust), language and intergenerational relationships in migrant families (funded by the University), and the Migrant Children Project 2006-09 based at University College Cork, Ireland (funded by the European Commission).

Biography: Claire Kelly

Dr Claire Kelly is a Research Fellow on the ‘Here to Stay?’ project, as well as a number of other human geography projects in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Plymouth. Her research interests span social capital, community resilience, people’s relationship to place, and participatory research methods. She has worked with both young and old alike on many projects and one of her favourite things is hearing people tell their stories. 

Outside the University, Claire has extensive experience of engagement with communities through various development projects, and on a personal level as a long-term volunteer in a project in her home community.

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