Protracted precarities: the residential mobilities of Poles in Scotland

McCollum, D. and Trevena, P. (2021) Protracted precarities: the residential mobilities of Poles in Scotland. Population, Space and Place, 27(4), e2438. (doi: 10.1002/psp.2438)

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The significant inflow of migrants to the United Kingdom following the Eastern EU Enlargement of 2004 is noteworthy due to its scale, intensity and geographic diversity. Recent statistical data suggest that these migrants exhibit spatial mobilities that reflect their disadvantage not just from the White British but also from other minority groups. Drawing on 83 interviews with Polish migrants living in Scotland, this paper illustrates the often‐persistent residential relocations experienced by this group postinternational migration and considers the drivers behind them. A key driver of this is the cycle of low paid and insecure employment that many migrants become entangled in, most frequently on arrival but often also longer term. These insights speak to wider debates about the scholarly dichotomy between international and internal migration and social inequalities in relation to labour market change and associated exposure to labour market and residential precarities.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Trevena, Dr Paulina
Authors: McCollum, D., and Trevena, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Population, Space and Place
ISSN (Online):1544-8452
Published Online:02 February 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Population, Space and Place 27(4): e2438
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
190506Experiences 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/J007374/1S&PS - Central and East European Studies