24. March 2022 18:00
In summer 2021, the British government’s “settlement scheme” for EU citizens resident in the UK closed. Anyone citizen who had not registered with the scheme beforehand would be regarded as living in the UK unlawfully. This was a heavily symbolic moment, yet it received little discussion at the time. Would a better understanding of the role that seemingly dry bureaucratic systems play in shaping our ideas of belonging foster better relations between Britain and its neighbours in future?
Daniel Trilling is an award-winning journalist and author based in London who writes about migration, nationalism and human rights for the Guardian, London Review of Books and other publications. He is the author of “Lights in the Distance: Exile and Refuge at the Borders of Europe” (Picador, 2018) and “Bloody Nasty People: the Rise of Britain’s Far Right” (Verso, 2012).
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