Who are the British in Europe post-Brexit and how do they see themselves?
The report “Identity, Belonging, and Representation Post-Brexit among British citizens among British Citizens in the EU/EEA and Switzerland” by Tanja Bueltmann draws on a detailed survey of British citizens living in Europe to review the impact of Brexit on British citizens’ sense of identity and belonging.
Through qualitative research, the author explores how Brexit has affected how individuals understand and identify with their nationality, as well as their perceptions of representation in the UK and Europe.
Main findings and key themes:
- Survey respondents constitute a relatively highly mobile group, with around a third having previous migration experience.
- A plurality of respondents moved to the EU/EEA/Switzerland for work and/or personal reasons, such as moving with a partner/family.
- Only 17.7% of survey respondents moved to the EU/EEA/Switzerland to retire, providing further evidence that the common characterisation of British citizens in the EU as a group primarily comprised of ‘expat retirees’ is misleading at best.
- 76.6% of respondents plan to live in the EU/EEA/Switzerland permanently.
- 65.7% of respondents agree that Brexit has increased the likelihood of them staying in the EU/EEA or Switzerland.
The study also highlights the complexities of national identity and how this has been challenged and reshaped by Brexit.
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