Family strategies and transnational migration: recent Polish migrants in London

Ryan, Louise and Sales, Rosemary A. and Tilki, Mary and Siara, Bernadette (2009) Family strategies and transnational migration: recent Polish migrants in London. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35 (1). pp. 61-77. ISSN 1369-183X

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Poland's accession to the European Union in May 2004 brought many new possibilities and opportunities for Polish migrants to Britain. However, the focus on individual migrants has underestimated the complex roles of families in migration strategies and decision-making. Based on a qualitative study of recent Polish migrants in London, this paper explores the varied dynamics of family relationships, including caring, support and obligation. We examine how families may be reconfigured in different ways through migration. Transnational networks and splits within families are also discussed. We conclude that, in exploring family migration, it is necessary to go beyond a household perspective to appreciate the diversity of transnational and inter-generational relationships.

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