Brexit And British Expatriates in The British Newspapers

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Brexit, Diaspora, EU, expatriates, frames, identities, media, polls, referendum, British expatriates


The aim of this paper is to explore the impact of Brexit on national identities. Particular focus is on British expatriates prior to and in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum held in June 2016 in the sense that Britain’s withdrawal from the EU raised concern about their identities in Europe. The paper uses media framing as a methodological tool in order to gain a better understanding of the way British daily newspapers represented British expatriates’ worries about Brexit. Corpus of the study, consisting in a selection of 200 articles from the Sun and the Daily Mail, is qualitatively analyzed in a bid to find out the way such newspapers framed Brexit in relation to British expatriates. Media frames are also juxtaposed to Ipsos Mori and YouGov polls dealing with Brexit and related issues to gain a better insight into media effects. Results of the study reveal that media frames seemed to have had a major impact on British expatriates, increasing their concern about their national identity to the extent that some of them decided to apply for another citizenship within the EU to keep their rights as EU citizens.


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Author Biography

Fathi Bourmeche, University of Sfax, Tunisia

Fathi Bourmeche is Member of the Laboratory on Approaches to Discourse and Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Sfax, Tunisia, Faculty of Letters and Humanities. His major field of research is Media and Migration Studies. He has been working on recent migration trends and their impact on host societies, particularly in the US and Britain. One of his major concerns is the changing nature of host societies, touching upon various themes, including multiculturalism, integration, and ethnicity. His recent publications include Shaping Public Opinion.


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How to Cite

Bourmeche, F. (2022). Brexit And British Expatriates in The British Newspapers. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 9(3), 92–105.



Original Manuscript
Received 2021-09-19
Accepted 2022-05-17
Published 2022-07-01