UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Workshop on European migrants in the UK and Ireland

14 May 2016, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

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Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, University College London

SSEES building front…

This one-day workshop considers the mobility of citizens from all European countries, including those outside the EU. In view of the preponderance of research about Polish migrants, the workshop is intended primarily to shed light on the experiences of other nationalities, and to discuss the state of existing knowledge about different groups.

Polish migration researchers are also welcome, and the workshop will pick up on themes from the 2015 SSEES conference ‘Polish Migrants’ Experience of Life in the UK since 2004’.

The workshop is funded by the Grabowski Fund.


10.00-11.30: Session 1

Alexandra Urdea (University of Sussex) ‘Temporality in Romanian migration to Britain’

Gary Armstrong (Brunel University), Dick Hobbs (United Services Institute) and James Rosbrook-Thompson (Anglia-Ruskin University) ‘Transitions and Interventions: Lithuanians in East London’

Coffee break

12.00-12.45: Session 2

Louise Ryan (Middlesex University) 'It all depends': Irish and Polish highly qualified female migrants navigating competing priorities.

Lunch break

13.30-15.00: Session 3

Mary Gilmartin (Maynooth University) and Bettina Migge (University College Dublin) ‘Migration, integration and the economic crisis in Ireland’

Chris Moreh (University of Southampton) ‘A comparative assessment of Hungarian and Romanian migration to the United Kingdom’

Tea break

15.30-17.00: Session 4

Alina Rzepnikowska (University of Manchester) ‘Young European migrants’ experiences of exploitation, discrimination and abuse in Greater Manchester’

Denny Pencheva (University of Bristol) ‘Imminent immigrants: Bulgarians and Romanians in British news media’

Seminar abstracts are available here.

If you would like to attend, please write to the organiser, Anne White, at anne.white@ucl.ac.uk.