Recent Polish Migrants in London and European Enlargement: social networks, transience and settlement

 

Research Team: Louise Ryan, Rosemary Sales, Mary Tilki and Bernadetta Siara

This one-year research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) examined the experiences of recent Polish migrants to London. Poland’s membership of the European Union in May 2004 opened up new opportunities for legal employment in Britain, and has brought a substantial increase in migration. Little was known about how EU enlargement wasimpacting on the plans of these new migrants, and whether new patterns of migration to Britain were developing which reflect neither the permanent settlement of past generations nor the extreme transience of the past decade.

Recent Polish Migrants in London and European Enlargement: social networks, transience and settlement