Since 2004, nearly 1.9 million East Europeans have come to the UK. New research, led by academics at the University of Bristol, has examined how current East European migration to the UK has been racialised in immigration policy and tabloid journalism, providing the first insights into how racism is affecting migrants’ experiences of work and life in the UK.
In an 18-month project, published in the journal Sociology, led by Dr Jon Fox, Senior Lecturer from the University’s School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, researchers explored questions of racism surrounding Hungarian and Romanian migration to the UK.
The evidence to date from the UK suggests that shared 'whiteness' offers few protections against racism. Like earlier generations of Irish migrants to the UK and USA, East European Jews a century ago, and more recently East European Roma, this new generation of East European migrant workers has been subjected to various forms of racism