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Aleksandra Grzymała-Kazłowska, Jenny Phillimore. 2019.

Superdiversity and Its Relevance for Central and Eastern European Migration Studies. The Case of Polish Migrants in the UK


Central and Eastern European Migration Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2019 | pages: 39-59

Link: Central and Eastern European Migration Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2019, pp. 39-59


This article presents our key arguments about the usefulness of the concept of superdiversity for reimagining migration in European societies, based on the example of migration from Poland to the UK. We argue that, despite some criticism of ‘superdiversity’, this concept is beneficial to avoid over-simplifications related to ethno-nationalised homogeneity as the prevailing ascribed feature of Polish migrants, offering a helpful lens through which the complexities and fluidity of contemporary migrant populations and receiving societies may be investigated. Our main point is that such the reimagination might be commenced through applying the concept of superdiversity in research on migrants from Poland in Great Britain. The concept of superdiversity is also beneficial to understand complexities associated with the urban contexts in which migrants settle, their adaptation pathways as well as the intersectional factors shaping migrants’ lives and experiences


superdiversity; complexities; intersectionality; conviviality; Polish migrants in the UK