‘I've been asked to return to my home country by one of my lecturers’ - an exploration of discrimination experienced by Eastern European women in Tyne and Wear

Harvey-Golding, Louise, Simpson, Diane, Phillips, Carrie, Smiles, Julie, Wysocka, Julia and Chantkowski, Michal (2021) ‘I've been asked to return to my home country by one of my lecturers’ - an exploration of discrimination experienced by Eastern European women in Tyne and Wear. In: Third Annual Faculty of Education & Society Staff Research Conference, 14 Jun 2021, University of Sunderland, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We are currently involved in a research project with the International Community Organisation of Sunderland, looking at the experiences of Eastern European (EE) women living in Tyne and Wear. The research involves a two-step process; firstly an anonymous online survey asking EE women about their experiences of discrimination and access to services, and secondly a series of focus groups with EE women and interviews with service providers.
Previous research in this area has identified that, since the Brexit referendum in 2016, EE migrants have experienced an increase in both objective and subjective vulnerability (Lahuerta & Iusmen, 2021), verbal abuse (Lumsden et al, 2019; Rzepnikowska, 2020), and psychological distress as a consequence of discrimination at work (Martynowska et al, 2020).
Initial responses to our survey include references to discrimination experienced at university, including the quote in the title. Another respondent identifies herself as a recent graduate, and writes about her belief that it is the EE surname on her CV that prevents her from obtaining employment.
The University of Sunderland’s own Inclusion, Diversity and Social Responsibility annual report 2020-21 (UoS, 2021) notes that 6.4% of our students come from the EU, but does not identify whether this group is classified as white or BAME. Rzepinikiwska (2020) identifies that racism or xenophobia can be underestimated or hidden where the victims are ‘white’. We hope to prompt a conversation about how we might mitigate this experience for our students, both at university and in preparation for the workplace.

References;
Lahuerta, S.B. & Iusmen, I. (2020) ‘EU nationals’ vulnerability inthe context of Brexit: the case of Polish nationals’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 47(1), p284-306
Lumsden, K., Goode, J. & Black, A. (2019) ‘‘I will not be thrown out of the country because I am an immigrant’: Eastern European migrants’ responses to Hate Crime in a semi-rural context in the wake of Brexit’, Sociological Research Online, 24(2), p167-184
Martynowska, K., Korulczyk, T. & Mamcarz, P.J. (2020) ‘Perceived stress and well-being of Polish migrants in the UK after Brexit vote’, PLOS ONE, 15(7)
Rzepnikowska, A. (2018) Racism and xenophobia experienced by Polishmigrants in the UK before and after Brexit vote, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45(1), p61-77
University of Sunderland (2021) Inclusion, Diversity and Social Responsibility annual report 2020-21 [Online] Available at; https://www.sunderland.ac.uk/images/external-websites/www/about/equality-and-diversity/2019-20_Equality_Diversity_and_Social_Responsibility.pdf (Accessed 14 May 2021)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: Social Sciences > Health and Social Care
Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Depositing User: Diane Simpson
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 13:50
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2021 14:00
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/13582
ORCID for Diane Simpson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4151-6639
ORCID for Carrie Phillips: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9779-2686

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