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Protracted precarities: the residential mobilities of Poles in Scotland

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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.
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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2438
Number of pages11
JournalPopulation, Space and Place
VolumeEarly View
Early online date2 Feb 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Feb 2021

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  • Internal migration, Poles, Residential mobility, Scotland

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