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Labour, Mobility and Temporary Migration

A Comparative Study of Polish Migration to Wales

This book presents a close-up account of sociological research on Polish migrants who came to the region of South Wales in the wake of Poland's entry into the EU in 2004. At the time, they were seen as economically motivated, short-term migrants who would enter the UK to work, save money, and return home. More than a decade after EU enlargement, however, the large number of Poles who have opted to stay in the UK has forced a reconsideration of that assumption. A reassessment of the long-term place of Poles within Wales is thus long overdue, especially in the wake of new tensions related to Brexit.

272 pages | 3 maps | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

History: European History

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“This book contributes to the literature on three important aspects of migration to the UK—factors affecting the differing experiences of migrants in different UK locations; employment opportunities and outcomes, particularly regarding the role of agencies; and why migrants so often settle, after a period of  migratory drifting.”

Anne White, University College London

“This book contains some important new research on east-west migration. With its focus Wales, this research will be of interest to migration scholars generally in light of the issues discussed and the analysis that the authors have undertaken.”

Stephen Drinkwater, University of Roehampton

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Part I
Chapter 1: EU Enlargement, Migration and the UK
Chapter 2: Theorising Migration – Understanding Motivations, Networks and Mobility
Chapter 3: Locations and Research Methodology
Part II
Chapter 4: Why Migrate? Motivations and Migrant Decision-Making
Chapter 5: Polish Migrants in Cardiff: Changing Motivations in a Diverse City Environment
Chapter 6: Polish Workers in Merthyr Tydfil: Happily Resigned to Life in the Valleys?
Chapter 7: Polish Migrants in Llanelli: What Happens after the Initial Migration Period?
Part III
Chapter 8: ‘Migratory Drift’ (or Why Migrants Nearly Always Stay Longer than Planned)
Chapter 9: Polish Migrant Integration
Chapter 10: Policy Implications

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