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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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Jakub M. Godzimirski: Changing representations of Poles in Norway: what can this mean for the future of Polish diaspora?


Jakub M. Godzimirski

Changing representations of Poles in Norway: what can this mean for the future of Polish diaspora?

Abstract: The aim of this chapter is to examine how the perception of Polish migrants has evolved in Norway in a longer historical perspective and how this evolution of perceptions may influence the situation of the Polish diaspora in Norway. The study will be based on the analysis of the content of Norwegian media in two periods – prior to the 2004 EU enlargement and in 2014. The study will map how the situation of Poles in Norway has been presented in main media outlets, how the Polish community in Norway has been framed and how those perceptions have evolved during the last decade. The chapter will also try to map whether the issue of Polish migration to Norway has been politicised in the aftermath of the massive inflow of Polish labour migrants after 2004 and how those attempts at politicisation of the issue of Polish migration in particular, and migration in more general terms, may impact on the situation of the Polish diaspora in Norway.

Key words: migration waves, Poland, Norway, media discourse, diaspora


A massive Polish labour migration to Norway is a relatively new social phenomenon that deserves academic attention due to its scope, pace, institutional and legal framework that regulates it. This text, however, examines not the phenomenon itself – because this is done in the first two chapters...

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