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Limitations on Transnational Practices amongst Polish-born Teenagers living in the UK
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Article
  • Authors:
    Young S
  • Publication date:
    16/05/2020
  • Pagination:
    3, 18
  • Journal:
    Journal of Identity and Migration Studies
  • Volume:
    14
  • Issue:
    1
  • Status:
    Published
Abstract
Polish accession to the European Union (EU) in 2004 led to an upsurge in the number of Poles coming to the UK. This prompted an increased research interest in mobility and transnational practices amongst Polish migrants, transnationalism here being understood as the way that individuals endeavour to maintain their identity across two (or more) cultures and countries. However, while much attention has been paid to adult migrants, only recently has research focused on those under the age of eighteen. This paper is based on my doctoral study investigating how Polish-born adolescents resident in the UK negotiate the construction of their ethnic and linguistic identity, including the extent to which they engage in transnational practices. The study explored the narratives of eleven adolescents (aged 11-16) living in small Polish communities in semi-rural settings in southern England. Findings suggest that while it appears important for these younger migrants to maintain a connection with Poland, the scope to develop transnational identities is restricted in a number of ways, and is more limited than for adults. Nonetheless, maintaining transnational practices does appear an integral part of these adolescents’ lives as they negotiate their lives in both countries.
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