New migrants, citizenship and local governance: ‘Poles’ apart?

Leila Thorp

in Changing local governance, changing citizens

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9781847422170
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301677 | DOI:
New migrants, citizenship and local governance: ‘Poles’ apart?

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In the UK, local authorities are just beginning to grapple with the challenge of engaging with new migrants as citizens, which is found to be particularly tough given the social status and identity of new migrants. In spite of this, though, the policy of community cohesion would seem to relate quite well to the inclusion of new migrants. This chapter discusses to what extent and in what way new migrants, particularly Polish migrants, are a part of both formal citizenship and informal social and political citizenship practices at the present time in the UK. It highlights the challenges to informal citizenship as it relates to new migrants, and how the limited citizenship of new migrants impacts on the possibilities for their inclusion. The chapter also discusses the effects of the social and formal status of new migrants on new migrants' inclusion. It is suggested that the dynamics of the governance arrangements and the locality in which new migrants find themselves are significant when considering such effects in relation to the political engagement of new migrants.

Keywords: migrants; citizenship; social status; policy; community cohesion; Polish migrants; governance

Chapter.  9152 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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