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Migration as opportunity? A case study of Polish women: migrants in the UK and returnees in Poland.

Duda-Mikulin, EA (2013) Migration as opportunity? A case study of Polish women: migrants in the UK and returnees in Poland. Social Policy Issues/Problemy Polityki Spolecznej, 23 (4). pp. 105-121. ISSN 1640-1808

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Abstract

Migration from the new European Union (EU) Member States to the United Kingdom (UK) has been Identified as one of the Most Significant social phenomena of recent times and has been studied extensively, although Particularly since 2004 gender studies of migration are now gaining recognition, there is limited literature ture in relation to Polish women. There is now much evidence to support the view That migrant women constitute a large proportion of international migrants; within the European context, migrant women already outnumber Their male counterparts. Drawing on a review of secondary literature and preliminary findings from new qualitative research undertaken in Poland and the UK, this paper explores how Poland ish migrant women negotiate Their lives in regard to work and welfare responsibili- Their ties when exercising rights as EU citizens. It is argued That migrant women should be seen as active decision makers and migration That May be Considered as an opportunity to bring about change in relation to gender roles. It is Concluded That migration presents an opportunity to re-evaluate gender norms.

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