Structuring East to West Migration: A Case Study of Central and Eastern European Migrants to Britain

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Thatcher, Jenny 2012. Structuring East to West Migration: A Case Study of Central and Eastern European Migrants to Britain. in: Esin, Cigdem, Hawkins, Matthew, Salami, Iwa, Tamboukou, Maria, Townley, Lynn and Wells, Marianne (ed.) Crossing Conceptual Boundaries IV London University of East London, School of Law and Social Sciences. pp. 64-77
AuthorsThatcher, Jenny
EditorsEsin, Cigdem, Hawkins, Matthew, Salami, Iwa, Tamboukou, Maria, Townley, Lynn and Wells, Marianne
Abstract

Focusing on Central and Eastern European migration from accession states to England, this
paper seeks to explore how migration has been affected by global level socioeconomic and
political transformations that have occurred as part of wider global integration. The study
explores Central and Eastern European migrant’s experiences of globalisation at a micro level.
The argument in this paper seeks to conceptualised East to West migration as a structuration
process: using the analytical categories of social structure and human agency, and applying the
structuration model to explain the reciprocal influence of migrant’s home and host societal
structures in shaping their activities and goals (Morawska, 2001). The paper also aims to show
that East to West migration is determined by market forces and that EU accession is used as an
enabling structure by the migrants to regularise the already existing process of Central and
Eastern European migration flows.

Keywordsmigration; EU accession; structuration; globalisation
Book titleCrossing Conceptual Boundaries IV
Page range64-77
Year2012
PublisherUniversity of East London, School of Law and Social Sciences
Publication dates
Print2012
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Sep 2013
Place of publicationLondon
Web address (URL)http://www.uel.ac.uk/lss/research/yearbook/
Copyright holderThe author
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-ND
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