Polish families and migration since EU accession

Overview

Based on 115 interviews with Polish mothers in the UK and Poland, as well as a specially-commissioned opinion poll, this topical book discusses recent Polish migration to the UK. In a vivid account of every stage of the migration process, the book explores why so many Poles have migrated since 2004, why more children migrate with their families and how working-class families in the West of England make decisions about whether to stay. Covering many broader themes - including livelihoods and migration cultures in ...

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Overview

Based on 115 interviews with Polish mothers in the UK and Poland, as well as a specially-commissioned opinion poll, this topical book discusses recent Polish migration to the UK. In a vivid account of every stage of the migration process, the book explores why so many Poles have migrated since 2004, why more children migrate with their families and how working-class families in the West of England make decisions about whether to stay. Covering many broader themes - including livelihoods and migration cultures in Poland, experiences of integration into UK communities and issues surrounding return to Poland - this book is highly relevant to migration policy across Europe and beyond. It will be of interest to policy-makers and the general public as well as students and scholars.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847428202
  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne White, Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath.

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables iv

Acknowledgements v

1 Introduction 1

2 Post-communist Poland: social change and migration 27

3 Small-town livelihoods 39

4 Local migration cultures: compulsion and sacrifice 61

5 Local migration cultures: opportunities and 'pull factors' 73

6 Parental migration with and without children 91

7 The emotional impact of migration on communities in Poland 115

8 Integration into British society 137

9 Being Polish in England 169

10 Return to Poland 197

11 Conclusions 225

Appendix I The interviewees 237

Appendix 2 The opinion poll 239

Appendix 3 2001 Census data for Bath, Bristol, Frame and Trowbridge urban areas 241

Bibliography 243

Index 259

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