What about Europe? European identity and spatial imaginaries of Europe among Polish migrants during post-Brexit negotiations in Scotland

Bogacki, M., Botterill, K. , Burrell, K. and Hörschelmann, K. (2023) What about Europe? European identity and spatial imaginaries of Europe among Polish migrants during post-Brexit negotiations in Scotland. European Urban and Regional Studies, (doi: 10.1177/09697764231176546) (Early Online Publication)

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This article takes the concept of spatial imaginaries to explore how the post-Brexit negotiations shifted meanings of ‘Europe’ for Polish migrants residing in Scotland. A flourishing subfield of ‘Brexit geographies’ has explored the meaning and consequences of Brexit (as an event, process and affect) for wide-ranging communities on the move and in place. Yet, the question of how ‘Europe’, and in particular ‘EUrope’, is being re-imagined and re-constituted by EU migrants residing in uncertain political spaces remains understudied. In this article, we address this lacuna through analysis of biographical narrative interviews and spatial mapping exercises. In doing so, we conduct a multi-scalar analysis of Polish migrants’ discursive and visual representations of EUrope, defined both as a geographical and institutional space. The study is spatially and temporally situated at a particular time and place in the Brexit timeline – the summer of 2019 in rural and urban Scotland. At this time, Brexit negotiations were ongoing, there was widespread uncertainty about the consequences for migrants in the United Kingdom, and, in Scotland particularly, much resistance to leaving the European Union. The article argues that while Brexit might have not affected European identity among Polish migrants in Scotland, it has prompted them to reconsider their place in Europe and to reimagine both the geographical and conceptual parameters of EUrope.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was supported by the Carnegie Trust for Scotland, an independent foundation, providing grants to undergraduates, postgraduates and academic researchers in Scotland (grant number: RIG007461).
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Botterill, Dr Kate and Bogacki, Mr Mariusz
Authors: Bogacki, M., Botterill, K., Burrell, K., and Hörschelmann, K.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:European Urban and Regional Studies
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7145
Published Online:07 June 2023

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
305809Carnegie Research Incentive GrantKatherine BotterillThe Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (CARNEGTR)RIG007461GES - Geography