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Circulating capitals between Poland and Scotland: a transnational perspective on European labour mobility

Moskal, M. (2013) Circulating capitals between Poland and Scotland: a transnational perspective on European labour mobility. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 14 (2). pp. 363-379. ISSN 1488-3473

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Abstract

The paper discusses the explanatory use of the concept of transnationalism in relation to contemporary patterns of intra-European mobility, drawing on evidence from two qualitative studies of new labour migration from Poland to Scotland. It suggests that the transnational way of life of migrants is leading to the creation of a European space conceived in terms of a new kind of socio-cultural configuration. The paper draws on the concept of capitals (economic, social and cultural) derived from the work of Pierre Bourdieu. In particular, it uses these concepts to reflect on the gains and losses in capital of Polish migrants in Scotland and in their home country. It questions the classical brain drain approach to labour migration by giving more nuance picture of the migrants’ lives characterised by circulation of capitals and simultaneous commitment to more than one country.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moskal, Dr Marta
Authors: Moskal, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Journal of International Migration and Integration
ISSN:1488-3473
ISSN (Online):1874-6365
Published Online:21 June 2012

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