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Title: The role of social, economic and political networks in settlement migration to Poland : the case of Ukrainian migrants
Author: Górny, Agata
ISNI:       0000 0000 3856 5542
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2002
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The economic and political transition in Central and Eastern Europe at the beginning of the 1980s gave rise to relatively new migratory trends in the region. In particular, it resulted in higher migration to Poland - a traditionally migrant-exporting country. Migrants from the former USSR and in particular from Ukraine constitute the main group of migrants coming to Poland in the 1990s. The dominant pattern of their mobility is short-term movements involving income-generating activities - trans-border trade and seasonal work in Poland. Nevertheless, in the course of this migration process, other types of movements and also settlement migration to Poland have been of growing importance. The subject of this thesis is Ukrainian migration to Poland which involves migratory patterns typical for foreigners coming from the former USSR. In this thesis, Ukrainian migration is considered as a case study the analysis of which allows for an explanation of the main mechanisms of dominant migratory trends to Poland. In particular, this thesis examines the development of Ukrainian settlement migration to Poland in relation to the overall migratory movements between the two countries. The analysis included in this dissertation demonstrates that temporary movements and settlement migration from Ukraine to Poland are interrelated and that migrant networks play an important role in relating various types of movements. The prime characteristics of temporary movements to Poland are reflected in the population of settlement migrants resident there. At the same time, the examination of actual and potential settlement trajectories of temporary Ukrainian migrants implies that among them there exists a potential for settlement in Poland. It should be noted, however, that settlement of illegal migrants - the main group of Ukrainians coming to Poland - involves a considerable change in their initial goals of migration. In general, according to the analysis derived in this thesis, there are grounds for continued settlement migration from Ukraine to Poland in the future.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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