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Freedom of Movement or Immigration? Reflecting on EU referendum campaign material

Hosted by the LSE Library

Library Education Room, LSE Library , United Kingdom

Speaker

Alexandra Bulat

PhD Candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL

Chair

Dr Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz

Managing editor of LSE Brexit blog and research officer based at the LSE European Institute

In the summer of 2017, Alexandra Bulat analysed the content about immigration in over 300 EU referendum ephemera (leaflets, newsletters, etc.) from three collections: LSE-British Library, Cambridge University Libraries and Oxford Bodleian Libraries.

In an LSE Brexit blog [PDF] based on preliminary findings from the first collection, she argued there were three categories present in the immigration debate: ‘the brightest and the best’, ‘us’ – and ‘the rest’.

In 2018, three of those leaflets – one from the official Vote Leave campaign, one from Britain Stronger In and one from the UK Government – travelled to various cafes, houses and parks in East London and Essex. Romanian, Polish and British people reflected on their content about immigration, part of qualitative interviews about their attitudes towards migration.

This talk will cover the findings from the ephemera collections and give insight in what research participants thought about three main lines of argument on migration found in the ephemera. A selection of campaign ephemera will be displayed at the talk.

Alexandra Bulat is a PhD Candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. For her PhD, she listens to British, Romanian and Polish people’s views on Brexit and migration in two local authorities in England: Newham and Tendring.

Alexandra tweets @alexandrabulat and @streetsociology.

Dr Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz is a sociologist who graduated from the New School for Social Research in New York City and received his PhD from the LSE European Institute. He is managing editor of LSE Brexit and a research officer at the Generation Brexit project based at the LSE European Institute. His most recent research focuses on the social organisation and civic identity of Polish migrants in the UK

The British Library of Political and Economic Science was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

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