‘Walking Alongside’ Polish Migrants in Ireland: Individual Life Courses in the Context of Political, Social, and Economic Change
Justyna Salamońska utilizes a qualitative panel study of Polish migrants in Dublin to follow life courses lived internationally. Starting with the retrospective accounts of a male and female Polish migrant, the following analysis ‘walks alongside’ the research participants in their lives during a succession of waves of interviews, with Ireland moving from economic boom to bust in the background. The chapter documents the temporal character of the settlement and mobility decision-making processes. The analysis also highlights how migrants construct and negotiate their life and professional paths at different time points, taking into account multiple factors, which can hardly be reduced to the labor migration arguments describing East-to-West intra-European migration.
This chapter builds on the PhD research carried out at Trinity College Dublin under the valuable supervision of Professor James Wickham. I acknowledge generous funding from the Migrant Careers and Aspirations project and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. I also thank the editors, Ionela Vlase and Bogdan Voicu, for their thoughtful feedback on this chapter.
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