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 (www.migrantyouth.org). 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.