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Migration as opportunity? A case study of Polish women : Migrants in the UK and returnees in Poland

Duda-Mikulin, EA 2013, 'Migration as opportunity? A case study of Polish women : Migrants in the UK and returnees in Poland' , Problemy Polityki Spolecznej, 23 (4) , pp. 105-121.

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Migration from the new European Union (EU) Member States to the United Kingdom (UK) has been identified as one of the most significant social phenomena of recent times and has been studied extensively, particularly since 2004. Although gendered studies of migration are now gaining recognition, there is limited literature in relation to Polish women. There is now much evidence to support the view that migrant women constitute a large proportion of international migrants; within the European context, migrant women already outnumber their male counterparts. Drawing on a review of secondary literature and preliminary findings from new qualitative research undertaken in Poland and the UK, this paper explores how Polish migrant women negotiate their lives in regard to work and welfare responsibilities when exercising their rights as EU citizens. It is argued that migrant women should be seen as active decision makers and that migration may be considered as an opportunity to bring about change in relation to gender roles. It is concluded that migration presents an opportunity to re evaluate gender norms.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Problemy Polityki Spolecznej
Publisher: University of Warsaw
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1640-1808
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Funders: Graduate Teaching Studentship Scheme, University of Salford, Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre, London
Depositing User: Dr Ewa A. Duda-Mikulin
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 17:12
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2016 19:30

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