Bulgarian writer and international migration expert Yva Alexandrova tells the story of Eastern Europeans in the UK, and argues that progressive politics needs to be grounded in migrants’ actual experiences and not political expediency.
She shows how attitudes to immigration have changed in the last twenty years in the wake of Brexit and a new wave of nativism that has swept across Britain, and makes a passionate and vivid argument for migrants as full participants in social and political life.
At a time when racism, xenophobia and nationalism dominate politics in the UK and around the world, Here to Stay avoids the usual racist vox-pops and sensationalist political debate and instead tells the stories of the people whose voices rarely feature in debates about immigration: the migrants themselves.
Yva Alexandrova is a Bulgarian writer and migration expert. She was Head of Policy and Campaigns for the charity Asylum Aid and an organiser for the People’s Assembly campaign group.
“Yva Alexandrova excoriates the British media, political elite and even the labour movement over their condescension and hostility to East European migration. She tells the story of what it’s like to be the target of a wave of nativism that swept through British politics in the last decade, from the lived experience of those around her.”
“Provocative and well-informed, Alexandrova gives voice to people who are a vital part of Britain’s political and social life, yet too often talked about rather than listened to. Pay attention.”