UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


17 April 2015 | 9:00 am to 18 April 2015 | 6:00 pm

SSEES 100: Polish Migrants' Experience of Life in the UK since 2004

Room 431-433, SSEES Building, 16 Taviton St, London WC1H 0BW
Polish migrants in the UK…

Two-day Conference

Ten years since Poland’s EU accession, it seems appropriate to take stock of the current state of knowledge about Polish migration to the UK. 

Public discourse in the UK has focused largely on the impact of Polish migration on the British economy and public services. By contrast, scholarly research has tended to explore the perspectives of Poles themselves. The aim of the conference is to draw together some threads from this research, asking:

  • How does living in the UK affect migrants’ perceptions of Poland, Poles and Polishness? How do UK Poles perform their Polish and transnational identities?
  • Can one generalise about ‘the UK’? What is specific about Polish migrants’ experiences in different locations?
  • How comparable are the experiences of Poles and other East Europeans?
  • How does recent Polish migration research contribute to migration theory and research methodology?

Conference Programme and Registration Details

Please direct enquiries to Anne White (anne.white@ucl.ac.uk), Professor of Polish Studies & Social and Political Science, UCL SSEES.