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Transnational Polish Families in Norway

Social Capital, Integration, Institutions and Care


Edited By Krystyna Slany, Magdalena Slusarczyk, Paula Pustulka and Eugene Guribye

This book provides timely insights into the lives of Polish migrants who have been settling in Norway with their partners and children, especially over the last decade. It brings together Polish and Norwegian scholars who shed light on the key areas of migrant family practices in the transnational space. The contributors critically assess social capital of those living mobile lives, discuss the role of institutions, as well as engage with the broad problematics of caring – both with regard to migrant children raised in Norway, and the elderly kin members left behind in Poland. Further, the authors tackle the question of the possibilities and constrains of integration, pointing to several areas of policy implications of transnationalism for both Poland and Norway.

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Krystyna Slany, Paula Pustułka, Magdalena Ślusarczyk & Eugene Guribye: Families between Poland and Norway: An Introduction


Krystyna Slany, Paula Pustułka, Magdalena Ślusarczyk & Eugene Guribye

Families between Poland and Norway: An Introduction

Abstract: This introductory Chapter provides a rationale for studying Polish migrant families in the transnational spaces of Poland and Norway. It supplies a state-of-the-art survey of the existing literature and statistical data, distinguishes the main subthemes of the book, that is, care, institutions, and social capital, and deals with successes and challenges of integration. It brings together the perspectives of the sending and receiving countries in this migration flow. The structure of the volume and its contributions are also discussed.

The Emergence of Polish-Norwegian Migration Research through the Prism of Transnational Families

Over a relatively short period in the last decade, tremendous changes have taken place with respect to mutual bonds and daily, political and cross-cultural relationships between Poles and Norwegians. Before our very eyes, these two cultures and nations have moved from very little to relatively extensive contact in the realms of politics, education, diaspora, the labor market, as well as everyday life. The processes engendering Polish-Norwegian transnational spaces have been sparked by international mobility from Poland to Norway. As a consequence, a new era of Polish migration history is marked by the intense formation and expansion of migrant and transnational families. This new mobility impacts not only the Polish and Norwegian but also the worldwide increase of so-called “global families” (Beck, Beck-Gernsheim 2013).

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