Health, social, economic & cultural impacts of Covid-19 on migrant essential workers in the UK
UKRI/ESRC-funded research project focusing on Polish essential workers in the UK.
Covid-19 has exposed the UK’s socio-economic dependence on a chronically insecure migrant essential workforce. Polish migrants constitute the most numerous non-British nationality in the UK (around 815,000 in 2020) and make up around 9% of the UK’s foreign-born population. The project focus is on Polish migrants who are overrepresented in different essential work roles and sectors across the UK.
Poles face increased uncertainty about their lives in the UK due to their precarious situation in the context of Brexit. Covid-19 is likely to amplify these concerns alongside adding new distinctive challenges.
The project involves an online survey to map Covid-19 impacts on Polish essential workers in the UK, online interviews with Polish essential workers and expert interviews with key stakeholders providing information and support to migrant workers in the UK.