Polish families and migration since EU accession

Polish families and migration since EU accession

by White, Anne

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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. With a fully revised introduction for the paperback edition, it covers 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. Winner of the BASEES George Blazyca Prize 2011.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447339632
Publisher: Policy Press
Publication date: 04/19/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Anne White is Professor of Polish Studies and Social and Political Science at University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. She has published on numerous aspects of social change in Poland and Russia, with particular focus on migration, regional differentiation, livelihood strategies, identities, gender and civil society. She has also taught English at Poznan University, Poland, and currently teaches English to parents at a Polish Saturday School in Bath. Polish families and migration since EU accession is her fourth monograph.

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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