Introduction: Social Remittances and “Hand-Made” Change by Migrants

  • Izabela Grabowska
  • Michał P. Garapich
  • Ewa Jaźwińska
  • Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


In the introductory chapter we set the scene of social remittances in an enlarged European Union (EU). We relate here to the migration-development nexus and the roles of social remittances within that. We also check for validity of this migration-development reasoning for the “new” EU countries that are all classified as “developed economies”. Then we characterise the aims of the book and briefly sketch a picture of post-accession migration as based on the migratory flows between Poland and the UK. In this chapter we also formulate research questions and announce the methodological approach based on transnational multisited longitudinal research.


European Union Social Change Local Inhabitant European Union Enlargement Social Remittance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Izabela Grabowska
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michał P. Garapich
    • 3
  • Ewa Jaźwińska
    • 2
  • Agnieszka Radziwinowiczówna
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Centre of Migration ResearchUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  3. 3.Social SciencesUniversity of RoehamptonLondonUK

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