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EU children in Brexit Britain: re‐negotiating belonging in nationalist times

Zontini, Elisabetta; Però, Davide

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Associate Professor


© 2019 The Authors. International Migration © 2019 IOM This article contributes to debates on identification, home and belonging by focusing on EU children in Brexit times. The article combines attention to the emotional and affective side of integration with a focus on the effects of the discursive practices of the state on these processes. The article explores how Italian children and their parents navigate the increasingly neo-assimilationist pressures in Britain. Specifically, it looks at children's ways of accommodating their parents’ values of mobility, multilingualism and transnationalism with the revived nationalist logic now dominant. The article argues for renewed scrutiny into the role of public discourses on migrants’ experiences, which illuminate the redrawing of the boundaries between inclusion and exclusion at moments of crisis.


Zontini, E., & Però, D. (2020). EU children in Brexit Britain: re‐negotiating belonging in nationalist times. International Migration, 58(1), 90-104.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 14, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 10, 2019
Publication Date Feb 1, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 24, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 11, 2020
Journal International Migration
Print ISSN 0020-7985
Electronic ISSN 1468-2435
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 58
Issue 1
Pages 90-104
Keywords Demography
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Zontini, E. and Però, D. (2019), EU Children in Brexit Britain: Re‐Negotiating Belonging in Nationalist Times. Int Migr. , which has been published in final form at doi:10.1111/imig.12581. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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