Trevena et al. (2013) Location, location? A critical examination of patterns and determinants of internal mobility among post-accession Polish migrants in the UK


With specific focus on post-accession Polish migrants, Trevena et al. (2013) analyse data gathered from Poles living in England and Scotland across both rural and urban locations. The study aims to better understand their patterns of internal mobility following arrival to the UK. The authors find that family is a significant factor in decisions to move on. Those without children (or unaccompanied by children) were found to be more mobile. This was particularly so if they arrived in the UK through a recruitment agency. In contrast, those with school age children and those who had arrived by way of personal networks were least likely to move on. In addition, the study revealed that young migrants without children were more likely to make a rural to urban move, on the other hand, urban to rural moves were most likely to be made by those with families. Internal mobility appears to lessen once stable accommodation and permanent employment is found.

Bibliographic reference:

Trevena, P., McGhee, D. and Heath, S. (2013), Location, Location? A Critical Examination of Patterns and Determinants of Internal Mobility Among Post-accession Polish Migrants in the UK. Population, Space & Place, Vol.19(6), pp.671–687.








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