Labour, Mobility and Temporary Migration

A Comparative Study of Polish Migration to Wales

Author(s) Julie Knight,John Lever,Andrew Thompson

Language: English

Genre(s): Modern Languages

  • June 2017 · 272 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781786830807
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786830814
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786830821

About The Book

Labour, Mobility and Temporary Migration delves into sociological research on Polish migrants who migrated to the lesser-explored South Wales region after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. At the time of enlargement, Polish migrants were characterised as being economically motivated, short-term migrants who would enter the UK for work purposes, save money and return home. However, over ten years after enlargement, this initial characterisation has been challenged with many of the once considered ‘short-term’ Poles remaining in the UK. In the case of Wales, the long-term impact of this migration is only starting to be fully realised, particularly in consideration of the different spatial areas – urban, semi-urban and rural – explored in this book. Such impact is occurring in the post-Brexit referendum period, a time when the UK’s position in the EU is itself complex and changing.


‘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.’
- Professor 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.’
- Professor Stephen Drinkwater, University of Roehampton

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Julie Knight

Julie Knight is Senior Research Manager at the Regional Economic Studies Institute, Towson University, Maryland.

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Author(s): John Lever

John Lever is Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield Business School.

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Author(s): Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson is Head of School, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of South Wales.

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