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Internal Migrations in Poland

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Edited By Łukasz Skoczylas and Elżbieta Smolarkiewicz

The aim of this book is to highlight the issue of internal migrations and emphasise the need to conduct research on their course and consequences, including those stemming from historical processes. The complexity of this topic is illustrated by the fact that the chapters contained in the book have been written by representatives of different disciplines: sociology, psychology, geography and economics, which may suggest the need for interdisciplinary research to be conducted in the future.

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Neighbourhood as a consequence of migrations. Formation of neighbourhood relations in Gubin and Guben

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Abstract: In this chapter, I would like to characterise two important terms – migration and neighbourhood, and the mechanisms of their occurrence and mutual dependencies based on the example of neighbourhood established in Gubin and Guben as a result of migrations during and after the Second World War because migrations result in the creation of neighbourhood. Neighbourhood within the two towns as well as cross-border relations between Gubin and Guben will be analysed based on biographical materials collected over many years of research (memoirs of Gubin and Guben inhabitants collected during a memoir-writing contest “The border as seen by inhabitants of Gubin and Guben”; memories of Gubin pioneers; printed poetic works by inhabitants of Gubin and Guben).

Keywords: neighbourhood, twin towns, borderland, migration, biographical research

Introduction

Migrations have always been a part of human life. With differing pace and due to various reasons, they have been ever-present in our history. Nowadays, migrations are particularly intense and occur on a global scale. Thus, their impact on social life may be considered one of the most important issues for researchers, politicians and various institutions and organisations on all levels of social life.

Migration is a process which results in the creation of neighbourhood between individuals and social groups. The quality of neighbourhood, its integrating or disintegrating nature, has a considerable impact on the formation of social order in areas where groups of migrants settle. Therefore, it can be said that the creation of...

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