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i The A8 states are: Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Maltese and Cypriot nationals were also part of the 2004 enlargement. They have full freedom of movement rights and are not required to register as workers.
ii All these terms are acknowledged to be contested, but we are trying to convey Ahmed’s (2000) notion of cities increasingly experiencing ‘strangers’ becoming incorporated into the ‘we’ of the nation, and the inevitability of negotiating multiplicity in cities (Massey, 2005).
iii The term ‘integration’ is not understood or deployed in an unproblematic way.
Integration is acknowledged to cover many realms (for example, social, political, economic, cultural) and is further contested in terms of its meaning (Vaiou and Stratigaki, 2008; Castles et al, 2002; Vertovec et al, 2002). We are using the term here in a somewhat stylised ‘end-point’ way to echo how policy makers tend to project an idealised picture of a fully integrated new migrant. As will become clear, however, we are actually more interested in the everyday encounters between new migrants and host community members that contribute to, or undermine, incremental processes of integration.
iv It was necessary to modify our original approach in order to gain the trust of the Roma participants. Initially we had intended to hold a focus group with eight to ten participants. However, due to previous negative experiences in their country of origin they would only agree to being interviewed in their own homes following our introduction by a trusted community member. Similarly, they also did not want interviews to be recorded verbatim. Consequently two members of the research team conducted three interviews in the participants’ homes, one initiated conversations the other took extensive field notes of discussions.
v See Authors (2008) for a fuller description of methods and tables of respondents.
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vi As used by the Community Cohesion Review Team (2001) in the light of the urban disturbances in some northern British cities in 2001 and also sensationally by Trevor Phillips in 2005.
vii This dispute first flared up on 28 January 2009 when British workers and their unions discovered that jobs were going to be subcontracted to foreign workers. They were concerned that UK workers were going to be denied the right to carry out the work. The dispute fast escalated into mass sympathy protests across the UK amid