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Understanding the impact of migration on societies of origin

Seminarium

Seminarium med Anne White, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), Storbritannien om hur man kan förstå migrationens påverkan på ursprungssamhällena, genom exemplet Polen.

Conventional wisdom on migration, and conventional migration scholarship, tend to see the impact of migration on sending countries in terms of loss, such as "brain drain". Contemporary scholars focus more helpfully on how migration creates ties between specific countries.

However, because the impact of migration on sending countries is usually studied in connection with development policy, researchers devote most of their attention rather narrowly to the collective impact of so-called diasporas, asking what they can contribute to their countries of origin.

This approach ignores many dimensions of migration impact and is particularly unsuitable for understanding the mobility of EU citizens, for whom migration is often a family or individual project undertaken with little or no reference to its effects on communities of origin.

Moreover, by focusing on diasporas, the analyst may be tempted to ignore the lives of stayers - the people who actually experience migration impact in the sending country - and/or to overstate the impact of migration.

In her new co-authored book (White et al 2018), White argues that a comprehensive and non-normative analysis of migration impact should take as its starting point existing social trends in countries of origin, and explore how these trends (among different sections of society) may be reinforced or counteracted by migration-related influences.

It's usually assumed that migration impact - in the sense of improved housing and standards of living - happens mostly in the lives of rural and small-town labour migrants and their families. Social change in the sense of changing habits, attitudes and lifestyles happens most visibly among educated people in big cities.

However, it would be false to assume that these are two separate processes. Migration blends with other globalisation and Europeanisation influences to shape the lives of individuals in Warsaw and Wroclaw, just as in Polish small towns and villages.

Anne White is Professor of Polish Studies and Social and Political Science at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.

She is the author of Polish Families and Migration Since EU Accession (Policy Press, 2011, 2017); with K. Goodwin, of Invisible Poles (UCL SSEES, 2018); and with I. Grabowska, P. Kaczmarczyk and K. Slany, of The Impact of Migration on Poland: EU Mobility and Social Change (UCL Press, 2018, open access pdf).

Föreläsare: Anne White, School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London, UCL, Storbritannien

Datum: 2019-05-15

Tid: 13:15 - 15:00

Kategorier: Internationellt, Tvärvetenskap, Mångfald, Samhällsvetenskap

Arrangör: CGM och MERGU

Plats: Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap Pilen, ingång från Pilgatan 19 A, 3 vån

Kontaktperson: Centrum för Global Migration

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