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Brexit and Portuguese emigrants in the United Kingdom
Raquel Xavier Rocha*, Jennifer McGarrigle** e Alina Esteves**
The Brexit process has brought uncertainty into the future migration of European Union migrants living in the United Kingdom. This research aims to explore the representations that Portuguese emigrants residing in the United Kingdom made about leaving the country from the European Union and how Brexit changed their migratory aspirations. Those Portuguese outlined their future in the context of a lack of assurance about future rights of residence in the country and, despite the annual income, education and length of residence of these citizens, have proved crucial in how they experience and react. Brexit did not change the migrants' aspirations and future life plans in the UK. Although responsible for a feeling of insecurity within this community, the little interference of Brexit in respondents' migratory plans reveals that this is a net mobility.


Series  OEm Working-Paper 
Number  7
Date  November 2020 
Pages  26
ISSN  2183-5438 (online)
DOI  10.15847/CIESOEMWP072020
Keywords  Brexit, european immigration, net mobility, portuguese emigrants, United Kingdom.
Contents  Index of tables. Introduction. Brexit and European citizens living in the UK: a view through the literature. Brexit reactions and representations: research results. Final notes. References. 
Cite as  Rocha, Raquel Xavier, Jennifer McGarrigle e Alina Esteves (2020), “Brexit and Portuguese emigrants in the United Kingdom”, OEm Working-Papers, 7, Lisboa, Observatório da Emigração, CIES-IUL, ISCTE-IUL. DOI: 10.15847/CIESOEMWP072020


* IGOT, Universidade de Lisboa, ** CEG, IGOT, Universidade de Lisboa.

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