Object

Title: Polish Successful Migrants and Their Experiences in the Western Europe Metropolitan Areas

Creator:

Posern-Zieliński, Aleksander

Date issued/created:

2018

Resource Type:

Article

Subtitle:

Ethnologia Polona 38 2017 (2018)

Publisher:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology Polish Academy of Sciences

Place of publishing:

Warsaw

Description:

24 cm

Abstract:

The aim of the paper is to present some of the results of a research project on the adaptation strategy of Polish migrants living in five west European capitals (Berlin, Dublin, London, Oslo, and Stockholm). The target group was composed of migrants who had settled in host countries either before and after the accession of Poland into EU. The migrants selected for the investigation belong to the category of well integrated and successful people. The central aim of the study is to present the mechanisms and circumstances of the process of achieving success. The migrants’ success is identified here in two ways: according to objective criteria (social and economic advances), and in terms of emic perspectives, disclosing a subjective satisfaction of migrants and their feelings of well-being. Another topic discussed in the paper is the transnational context of the adaptation and integration process. The importance of social and cultural capital brought by migrants from their country of origin and their openness and positive attitude toward the receiving country is also delineated. One of the most interesting findings is that migrant success is more often achieved in the context of relative isolation from the ethnic community (diaspora) established in the host country. At the same time the “migrants of success” participate frequently in an unformal social network of ethnic relations and continue to maintain ties with the home country

References:

Beszterda R. 2016. Pułapki wywiadu w badaniach biograficznych. Doświadczenia etnologiczne. In M. Piorunek (ed.), Badania biograficzne i narracyjne w perspektywie interdyscyplinarnej, Poznań, 85–97
Burrell K. 2009. Polish migration to the UK in the New European Union, London
Bygnes S. and Bivant M. 2017. Liquid migration, grounded lives. Consideration about future mobility and settlement among Polish and Spanish migrants in Norway, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 43 (1), 102–118
Farsi A. 2012. Migranten auf dem Weg zur Elite, Wiesbaden
Fischer E. 2014. The Good life. Aspirations, Dignity and the Anthropology of Wellbeing, Stanford
Friberg J. H. 2012. The stages of migration: from going abroad to ssettling down. Post-accession Polish migrant workers in Norway, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 38 (1), 4–9
Garapich M. P. 2012. Between cooperation and hostility. Construction of ethnicity and social classes among Polish migrants in London, Studia Sociologica IV (2), 31–45
Gomułka S. 2016. Poland’s economic and social transformation: 1989–2014, Central Bank Review 16 (1), 19–23
Irek M. 2012. New ways? Post-accession migration from Poland seen from the perspectives of the social sciences, Studia Sociologica IV (2), 21–30
Kaczmarek Ł. 2017a. Aspiracje i stabilizacja. Status społeczny i dobrostan polskich migrantów w Dublinie, Zeszyty Etnologii Wrocławskiej 1 (26), 47–68
Kaczmarek Ł. 2017b. Mobility towards stability: network-mediated ethnography of successful Polish migrants in Dublin, Ethnologia Polona 37:2016 (2017), 247–266
Loew P. O. 2014. Wir unsichtbaren. Geschichte der Polen in Deutschland, Munchen
Lopez Rodrigez M. 2010. Migration and the Quest for “normalcy”. Polish Migrant Mothersand the Capitalization of Meritocratic Opportunities in the UK, Social Identities 16 (3), 339–358
Łubińska D. 2013. Polish migrants in Sweden. An Overwiew, Folia Scandinavica 15, 73–88
Mac Cleansy J. (ed.) 2002. Exotic no more. Anthropology on the front line, Chicago
Nowicka M. 2014. Erfolgnarrationen polnischer MigrantInnen in der Grossbritanien oder wie Scheitern unsichtbar wird. In J. Rene and A. Longhof (eds.), Scheitern – Ein Desiderat der Modernen, Wiesbaden, 143–165
Nowosielski M. 2011. Polish migration to Germany: past, present and future. In J. Isański andP. Luczys (eds.), Selling Ones’ Favorite Piano to Emigrate. Mobility Patterns in Central Europe at the Beginning of 21st Century, Newcastle
Nowosielski M. 2014. Zaangażowanie Polaków mieszkających za granicą w działalność organizacji polonijnych, Kultura i Edukacja 1(101), 146–168
Nowosielski M. 2016. Polskie organizacje w Niemczech. Stan i uwarunkowania, IZ, Poznań
Patterson Sh. 1961. The Polish Exile Community in Britain, The Polish Review 6 (3), 69–97
Pawlak M. 2015. Recognizing the national identity. Cultural intimacy and the Polish migration to Norway, Prace Etnograficzne 3 (43), 241–291
Posern-Zieliński A. 2003. Między konfliktem a wzmocnieniem. Religia a etniczność w doświadczeniu Polonii amerykańskiej. in A. Posern-Zieliński (ed.), Etniczność a religia, Poznań, 49–62
Praszałowicz D. 2010. Polacy w Berlinie. Strumienie migracyjne i społeczności imigracyjne, Kraków
Pustułka P. 2013. Pomijani multiuczestnicy. Polacy w inicjatywach nieformalnych w Wielkiej Brytanii, in: Kucharczyk J. (ed.), Nic o nas bez nas. Partycypacja obywatelska Polaków w Wielkiej Brytanii, ISP, Warszawa, 105–132
Rabikowska M. 2010. Negotiation of Normality and Identity among Migrants from Eastern Europe to the United Kingdom after 2004, Social Identity 16 (3), 285–296
Ryan L. 2010. Becoming Polish in London. Negotiating Ethnicity through Migration, Social Identity 16 (3), 359–376
Ryan L. 2011. Migrants’ Social Networks and Weak Ties: Accessing Resources and Constructing Relationships, The Sociological Review 59 (4), 707–724
Sabeen Sandhu. 2012. Asian Indian Professionals. The Culture of Success, El Paso
Stachura P. D. (ed.) 2004. The Poles in Britain 1940–2000, London
Sword K. 1989. The Formation of the Polish Community in Great Britain: 1939–1950, London
Szczepaniak-Kroll A. and Szymoszyn A. 2016. A New Anthropological Project. Poles of Success – Between Emigration and Transnationality. New Aspects of the Polish Diaspora in Western Europe, Ethnologia Polona 36:2015 (2016), 273–288
Wadensjo E. 2007. Migration to Sweden from the new EU Member States, Discussion Papers 3190, IZO, Stockholm
White A. 2011. Polish Families and Migration since EU Accession, Policy Press, London
Wiesbrock A. 2011. The integration of immigrants in Sweden. A model for the European Union?, International Migration 49 (4)
Winiecka K. 2016. Strategia – migracja – adaptacja. Rodziny młodych migrantów polskich w Londynie po przystąpieniu Polski do Unii Europejskiej, Gdańsk
Wolff-Powęska A. and Schulz E. (eds.) 2000, Być Polakiem w Niemczech, IZ, Poznań
Zensusdatenbank 2011. Ergebnisse des Zensus, www.zensus2011.de, access: 10.06.2018
Zubrzycki J. 1956. Polish Immigrants in Britain, The Hague

Relation:

Ethnologia Polona

Volume:

38

Start page:

153

End page:

169

Format:

application/pdf

Resource Identifier:

oai:rcin.org.pl:66479 ; 0137-4079

Source:

IAiE PAN, call no. P 366 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 367 ; IAiE PAN, call no. P 368 ; click here to follow the link

Language:

eng

Rights:

Creative Commons Attribution BY-SA 3.0 PL license

Terms of use:

Copyright-protected material. [CC BY-SA 3.0 PL] May be used within the scope specified in Creative Commons Attribution BY-SA 3.0 PL license, full text available at: ; -

Digitizing institution:

Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Original in:

Library of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

This page uses 'cookies'. More information