Heroes or villains? Migrant essential workers and combined hostilities of Covid-19 and Brexit

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Gawlewicz, A., Narkowicz, K. and Wright, S. 2023. Heroes or villains? Migrant essential workers and combined hostilities of Covid-19 and Brexit. Discover Society: New Series. 3 (2).
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TitleHeroes or villains? Migrant essential workers and combined hostilities of Covid-19 and Brexit
AuthorsGawlewicz, A., Narkowicz, K. and Wright, S.
Abstract

Villainised in populist discourses, migrant workers - especially those doing essential work - gained some positive attention in the context of Covid-19. Considered to be heroes and being clapped for weekly has however been short-lived against the increasingly hostile immigration politics of the UK. How have the combined hostilities of Brexit and the pandemic affected migrant workers from Eastern Europe? Were they heroes just for one day? We look at the case of Poles who constitute one of the UK’s largest foreign-born populations.

Sustainable Development Goals3 Good health and well-being
Middlesex University ThemeHealth & Wellbeing
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSocial Research Publications
JournalDiscover Society: New Series
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Online30 Mar 2023
Print03 Apr 2023
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Deposited14 Apr 2023
Accepted23 Mar 2023
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