McGhee et al. (2013) Post-accession Polish migrants—their experiences of living in ‘low-demand’ social housing areas in Glasgow


McGhee et al. (2013) examine social housing provision in Glasgow in relation to provision for Polish migrants. The authors note that Poles have become the latest group to reside in areas of void housing found in Glasgow’s socially deprived areas. The study explores the interplay between the actions of letting organisations such as Glasgow Housing Association, and those of migrants seeking accommodation. The research also addresses the issues around these processes, analysing the perceived advantages and disadvantages of letting of low-demand accommodation for both migrant and housing associations. An insight into migrant perceptions of the significance of securing a tenancy is gained. This is viewed within the context of past housing experience in Poland and, it reveals the compromise that many migrants have made. This compromise has meant balancing personal safety (in terms of living near to socially deprived populations) with the financial security gained through the perceived advantages of social housing. Although the study focuses on Glasgow, the relevance of its findings for areas across the UK is also discussed.

Bibliographic reference:

McGhee, D., Heath, S. and Trevena, P. (2013) Post-accession Polish migrants – their experiences of living in ‘low-demand’ social housing areas in Glasgow. Environment and Planning A, Vol.45(2), pp.329-343.








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