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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 Iglicka, Katarzyna Gmaj & Antoni Wierzejski: Contextualizing Polish Migration to Norway in the light of theory and statistical data


Krystyna Iglicka, Katarzyna Gmaj & Antoni Wierzejski

Contextualizing Polish Migration to Norway in the light of theory and statistical data

Abstract: This chapter highlights basic trends in migration outflows of Poles to Norway. It focuses on the fact that Polish migrants constitute the biggest group of immigrants in Norway and addresses the question of their geographical distribution. The authors analyse some theoretical approaches, statistical data and trends, with special emphasis on the demographics of the Polish population in Norway in relation to the labour market and family behaviours (in a broad sense). Furthermore, the analysis presented in this paper emphasises that, along with the networks and growing number of children, part of temporary Polish migration into Norway has been transformed from circular into permanent migration. A dominant pattern of primary male migration at the beginning of the 21st century has undergone a transformation as early as in the second half of the decade and was replaced by the stable family migration pattern. Official statistics along with the Transfam’s project qualitative and quantitative data were used in this study.

Key words: Norway, Poland, migration, family, labour markets, migrant networks.


The aim of this paper is to provide background evidence on the scale and nature of Polish family migration to Norway. This chapter brings together previously published statistics, new, and vital data from the Transfam project, and some additional data and analysis on specific questions related to family migration. In the...

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