The Impact of Migration on Poland

EU Mobility and Social Change

By (author) Anne White, Izabela Grabowska, Pawel Kaczmarczyk, Krystyna Slany

Publication date:

10 September 2018

Length of book:

284 pages


UCL Press



ISBN-13: 9781787350700

How has the international mobility of Polish citizens intertwined with other influences to shape society, culture, politics and economics in contemporary Poland?

The Impact of Migration on Poland offers a new approach for understanding how migration affects sending countries and provides a wide-ranging analysis of how Poland has changed, and continues to change, since EU accession in 2004. The authors explore an array of social trends and their causes before using in-depth interview data to illustrate how migration contributes to those causes. They address fundamental questions about whether and how Polish society is becoming more equal and more cosmopolitan, arguing that for particular segments of society migration does make a difference, and can be seen as both leveller and eye-opener. While the book focuses mainly on stayers in Poland, and their multiple contacts with Poles in other countries, Chapter 9 analyses ‘Polish society abroad’, a concept that is a far more accurate description than ‘community’ in countries such as the UK.

The book is written in a lively and accessible style, and will be important reading for anyone interested in the influence of migration on society, as well as students and scholars researching EU mobility, migration theory and methodology, and issues facing contemporary Europe.

'Overall... I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, which has made clear contributions to migration theory and literature, and would recommend it to anyone interested in international migration and Central and Eastern Europe.’