Local migration cultures: compulsion and sacrifice

Anne White

in Polish families and migration since EU accession

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9781847428202
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303008 | DOI:
Local migration cultures: compulsion and sacrifice

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This chapter explores facets of the local migration culture in places like Grajewo and Sanok, attitudes that promote migration in certain circumstances and for certain objectives. It presents examples of migration cultures of Grajewo and Sanok, but this does not imply that the towns are identical, still less that they are typical of all Poland. It also explores the rational and irrational bases for perceptions that people are ‘forced by situation’. It also examines the ideas that for a ‘decent’ or ‘normal’ lifestyle, home ownership and higher education for their children are necessities that force Polish parents to migrate. It observes that in such circumstances, the perception that migration is forced, is often accompanied by a discourse of parental self-sacrifice.

Keywords: local migration culture; Grajewo; Sanok; Poland; home ownership; higher education; parental self-sacrifice

Chapter.  5356 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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