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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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Internal migration for educational purposes in the light of literature and research

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“To understand our world,

we must use a revolving globe

and look at the Earth

from various vantage points”

(Kapuściński 2013)1

Abstract: Migration connected with tertiary education is nothing new – with the establishment of first universities, students would decide to move from their place of residence to obtain education. Yet, only when higher education became widely available did student migration become a daily matter and the scale of students’ influx into academic cities brought unprecedented transformations, including those of social, cultural or spatial nature. However, the present chapter focuses only on two key types of consequences: economic and demographic. They have been illustrated with the example of Opole, one of Poland’s academic cities.

Keywords: educational migration, academic cities, economic consequences, demographic consequences, Opole

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