4 December 2019 from 19:00 to 22:00

"Brexit means Brexit" and what it means for the Somali-Dutch community in the UK

With Brexit due to occur anytime soon, Free Movement of EU citizens between the UK and the EU may soon change. Brexit will impact the lives of EU citizens and their businesses living in the UK. Somali-Dutch community residing in the UK under EU rules form the biggest group, with an estimated 20,000 to 25,000. Studies show that between one third and a half of the entire Somali-Dutch community has moved to the UK.

But what happens to the Somali-Dutch community in the UK after the Brexit? What are their rights? How will the Somali-Dutch community currently living in the UK be affected by immigration rules? And what happens when all these Dutch Somalis return to the Netherlands? How well is the Dutch government prepared to receive these flows of new wave of Dutch immigrants? And many more questions...

At this event, academics from different Dutch universities and practitioners will share their thoughts on the ever-shifting dynamics of Brexit and its impact on key areas such as immigration rules and EU citizens currently living in the UK with a particular focus on the Somali-Dutch community in the UK.

This event is organised by GEESKA- The Horn Centre of Ideas in collaboration with Utrecht University’s Centre for Global Challenges.

Programme of the evening

19:30 - Welcome and introduction of Prof Paul Minderhoud by Dr. Ilse van Liempt and Shoki Hayir

19:30-20:00 - Prof Paul Minderhoud

Regular Migration at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance at Utrecht University and Assoc. Professor at the Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University Nijmegen

20:00-20:45 - Film and Q&A moderated by Dr. Ilse van Liempt

Dr. Linde Luijnenberg will screen her movie ‘’Africa is you’’ and share her insight, and reflect on the Brexit situation and the Somali-Dutch community in the UK

21:00-21:45 - Break

21:00-21:45 - Panel discussion moderated by Shoki Hayir


Dr. Hanneke van Eijken (Asst. Professor EU law, Utrecht University)

Dr. Ilse van Liempt (Asst. Professor Urban Geography, Utrecht University)

Marloes de Hoon (PhD candidate,Maastricht University)

Samater Geddi (assists the first Somali-Dutch group of returnees from the UK)

21:45-22:00 - Shoki Hayir will reflect on the evening and wrap up the programme

22:00 - End of the programme

Start date and time
4 December 2019 19:00
End date and time
4 December 2019 22:00
Entrance fee