Mixed marriages in a super-diverse society. The case of Polish- -British couples in the cities of the West Midlands
Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny, Vol. 166, Issue 4, pp. 13–35.
Intermarriage has been argued to be a key indicator of migrants’ integration into the host society. However, relatively little is known about the experiences of what many forms of intermarriage entail in a super-diverse context. In this paper, I problematise and further investigate the assumed link between intermarriage and the cultural, identificational and interactive dimensions of social integration of Polish migrants in Britain. The analysis is based on the results of a qualitative research project conducted among Polish migrants in Birmingham and surrounding towns of the West Midlands, where Poles represent the third most numerous non-UK-born population. The data collected in the course of this research suggests that there are three main patterns of interactive integration of Polish intermarried migrants: (1) the classical path of acculturation and integration, (2) inverse integration, and (3) the more pluralistic cosmopolitan mode.
intermarriage, mixed marriages, integration, Polish migrants, diversity, United Kingdom