(In)security, family and settlement: migration decisions amongst Central and East European families in Scotland

Kay, R. and Trevena, P. (2018) (In)security, family and settlement: migration decisions amongst Central and East European families in Scotland. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 7(1), pp. 17-33. (doi: 10.17467/ceemr.2017.17)

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Drawing on extensive qualitative research into experiences of migration and settlement among Central and East European (CEE) migrants living in Scotland, this article examines the role of intersecting emotional and material (in)securities in migrant families’ decision-making regarding and experiences of longer-term settlement. The article queries fixed or given understandings of either ‘family’ or ‘security’ and explores the complex and sometimes contradictory relationship between them. In so doing, it makes a number of significant and interconnected theoretical and empirical contributions to existing research in the field of family migration. Through a critical analysis of the relationship between family and (in)security the article offers nuanced insight into the ways in which family processes of reunion, separation and (re)formation link to decisions regarding migration and settlement. The intersecting and sometimes contradictory forms of emotional and material support, obligation and vulnerability which both family relations and processes of migration and settlement entail are critically analysed by bringing together theoretical frameworks of social (in)security and understandings of family as ‘made’ rather than ‘given’. Finally, attention given to the temporal aspects of (in)security, as well as the transnational aspects of migrants’ lives, provides new ways of understanding the open-endedness of decision-making processes relating to migration and settlement, especially where these involve multiple decision-makers.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Trevena, Dr Paulina and Kay, Professor Rebecca
Authors: Kay, R., and Trevena, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies
Journal Name:Central and Eastern European Migration Review
Published Online:26 September 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Central and Eastern European Migration Review 2017
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
572441Experiences of Social Security and Prospects for Long Term Settlement in Scotland amongst Migrant Populations from Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet UnionRebecca KayEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/J007374/1SPS - CENTRAL & EAST EUROPEAN STUDIES