Michaela Benson is a Reader in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the research lead for the project "BrExpats: Freedom of Movement, Citizenship, and Brexit in the Lives of Britons Resident in the EU-27," which is funded by the UK in a Changing Europe initiative. She is well known for her research about lifestyle migration and UK citizens living in rural France, conducting research, writing, and speaking on these topics.
Dr. Benson’s work has been published in her book The British in Rural France (Manchester University Press, 2011), which was shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s Philip Abrams Memorial Prize in 2012. She is the editor of several edited volumes and the author of numerous academic journal articles.
Dr. Benson received a PhD in sociology and social anthropology from the University of Hull. Her thesis was the first ethnographic study of UK citizens living in rural France, and focused on migration, identity, and belonging.
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Even with an EU-UK deal on citizens' rights post-Brexit, there is much uncertainty for Britons living abroad in Europe. This report takes stock of what has (and has not) been agreed—from questions of continued residence and family rights to health-care and labor-market access. It breaks down the looming—and urgent—challenges EU Member States face in designing systems to adjust the legal status of their British residents.