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The mental health and wellbeing of EU citizens in the UK: a systematic review of the qualitative literature.

Teodorowski, Piotr; Woods, Ruth; Kennedy, Catriona


Piotr Teodorowski

Ruth Woods


Moving to a new country impacts on migrants’ mental health and well-being. There are over 3.6 million European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom. We conducted a systematic review of the qualitative literature to explore what is known about their mental health and well-being at the post-migration stage in pre-Brexit period. We searched five databases from 1st January 2009 to 19th February 2019; Web of Science, MEDLINE, CINAHL, SocIndex and Scopus for studies. Ten papers reporting nine studies were included in this review. Two themes were constructed; a narrative of adjustment and of employment realities. The former focuses on the process of settling in and the role of social connectedness. The latter concerns employment realities with included studies exploring the financial position and employment experiences of migrants. Findings indicate that we still know relatively little about the range of post-migration experiences among EU citizens and their implications for mental health.


TEODDOROWSKI, P., WOODS, R. and KENNEDY, C. 2020. The mental health and wellbeing of EU citizens in the UK: a systematic review of qualitative literature. Border crossing [online], 10(1), pages 43-60. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2020
Online Publication Date Jun 4, 2020
Publication Date Jun 30, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 8, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 18, 2020
Journal Border crossing
Print ISSN 2046-4436
Electronic ISSN 2046-4444
Publisher Transnational Press London
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 1
Pages 43-60
Keywords Migration; Mental health; EU; United Kingdom; Integration
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