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Izabela Grabowska, Michał P. Garapich. 2016.

Social remittances and intra-EU mobility: nonfinancial transfers between UK and Poland


Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1170592


The massive rise in intra-European Union (EU) mobility in recent decades has spawned several important social and cultural phenomena that are still not covered by academic research. Social remittances – the transfer of ideas, practices, codes of behaviours, values and norms between the place of origin and destination are an important aspect of social change and modernity and they are still to be explored and documented. However, not all migrants acquire, transfer and implement them in the same way. Ongoing acts of resistance, imitation and innovation are involved, so that some migrants become ‘ordinary agents of change’ in their local microcosms, while others may contest that change. Tracing these processes in a transnational perspective through a three-year transnational multi-sited qualitative longitudinal research, this article offers an in-depth look at the consequences of human mobility within the enlarged EU.


social remittances, acquisition, local community, agent of change, outcomes of transfer

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