Stay or go? - Roma, Brexit and European freedom of movement

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The spectre of Brexit has raised issues of concern for Roma communities living and working in Scotland and other parts of the UK. The effective ending of freedom of movement has produced new uncertainties and insecurities for people living outside their EU countries of origin, especially for those who are racialised and stigmatised by 'hostile environment' policies. Brexit is best understood as both a process and effect of everyday bordering as well as a continuation of historically embedded structural divisions. This paper looks at everyday Roma life in Glasgow, via the work of the NGO Romano Lav (Roma Voice), to assess how Brexit is impacting on people’s lives. Further, the paper examines how Scotland can best move forward in terms of independence and the European project. It is argued that a second independence referendum that gives full political independence to Scotland is the only way to secure future EU membership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-418
Number of pages16
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2020


  • Brexit
  • Roma
  • migration
  • freedom of movement
  • Govanhill
  • Scotland


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