Personal Reflections on the Experience of Migration to the UK Post 2004 by Women from Poland

Fiebig Lord, Sabina ORCID: 0000-0003-2869-2574 (2022) Personal Reflections on the Experience of Migration to the UK Post 2004 by Women from Poland. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/W22P4GH6

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This thesis examines subjective experiences of Polish women migrants in the UK. Since the Accession 8 (A8) of the European Union in 2004 the United Kingdom has experienced one of the largest migration movements from the new member states. Post 2004 the UK has been a common destination for Polish migrants. Currently Polish women migrants in the UK outnumber their male counterparts. Substantial scholarship on the Polish A8 migration to the UK has been undertaken, nonetheless personal experiences of Polish women migrants are still in need of further research. The aim of this thesis is to fill this gap and offer new insights on everyday lived experiences of migration through the eyes of the migrant herself. Combining autoethnography, life story interviews conducted with different generational cohorts of Polish women and fictional texts on mobility as well as secondary data, this thesis explores the complexities of everyday experience of migration in relation to migrants’ social identities, gender, notions of home and belonging as well as legacies of the post-socialist past. Migrant stories in this thesis are linked with experiences and meanings of migration, but also migrants’ feelings and imaginations, opinions, views, and memories. The thesis purposes a multi-layered, polyvocal and complex reflection on subjective experiences of migration. Thus, offers an account of everyday migration experiences which is personal, local and political therefore aware of both discourse and larger socio-cultural and geopolitical panorama, whilst highlighting its dynamic, fluid and complex character.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Polish women migrants, UK; Poland; Autoethnography; Lived experience; Subjectivity; Emotions; Home; Belonging; Post-Socialism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 04 May 2023 10:00
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:54

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