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Transnational Polish Families in Norway

Social Capital, Integration, Institutions and Care

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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 & Justyna Struzik: What can we learn from the research project “Doing Family in A Transnational Context” (TRANSFAM)?

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Krystyna Slany & Justyna Struzik

What can we learn from the research project “Doing Family in A Transnational Context” (TRANSFAM)?

Abstract: This chapter is a broad summary of TRANSFAM research devoted to Polish migrants in Norway, including settlements trends, gender aspects of migration, relations with the country of origin, care practices and responsibilities, integration with Norwegian society, evaluation of Norwegian school system as well as migrant children’s negotiation of their bonds in the Polish-Norwegian space. The paper discusses several crucial differences between Polish and Norwegian societies (regarding e.g. education system or labour market) highlighted by the respondents during the research. Moreover, the chapter provides insights of innovative and inspiring methods and methodological approaches for further research. Based on TRANSFAM research the authors puts forward several important recommendations with regard to integration, migration and family policies.

Key words: policy recommendations, methods, Polish migrants, Norway

The following chapter provides several general remarks stemmed from the research conducted within the TRANSFAM project. These outcomes are supplemented by major recommendations for the development of migrant, educational or family policies that address the needs of migrants and their families. Moreover, the chapter provides insights of innovative and inspiring methods and methodological approaches for designing, planning and organizing research. Although both the conclusions and recommendations are firmly embedded in the Polish-Norwegian context, we believe that they can also inspire policymakers, migrant organizations and various stakeholders in other countries or other transnational spaces.

Since 2004, Norway has...

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