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Local migration cultures: opportunities and ‘pull factors’

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847428202.003.0005
Local migration cultures: opportunities and ‘pull factors’

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This chapter examines whether migration is so common because people see it as something with which they can experiment. It observes that often the attitude that migration is experimental goes hand in hand with the view of migration as an opportunity. It discusses some of the conventions surrounding networks that constitute a major cause of migration flows. It looks at images of the UK that help attract Polish migrants to the UK, but also at negative images of life abroad which colour perceptions of the UK.

Keywords: migration; experiment; opportunity; networks; UK; Polish migrants

Chapter.  7625 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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