Complexities of Polish migrant's citizenship attributions in the context of Brexit and the Scottish Independence Referendums

Emilia Pietka-Nykaza, Derek McGhee

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Abstract

This article focuses on the experiences of Scotland's largest foreign-born minority group, namely Poles, in the run-up to the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014 and subsequently the UK's EU Referendum. Through exploring Polish migrant residents initial responses and experiences with regard to both referendums, this article (1) outlines perspectives on blurred and contested boundaries and formations of citizenships and (2) the implications of complex and changing relations between citizenship attributions (e.g. political participation, legal status of citizenship and sense of belonging) on the process of citizenship formation. This article therefore offers a greater understanding of the transformation of traditional state-centric concepts of citizenship rights into the shifting borders and character of citizenship formation during the times of political uncertainties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-402
Number of pages17
JournalScottish Affairs
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • sense of belonging
  • citizenship
  • settlement
  • political participation
  • Polish migrants

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