Agency, networks and policy: the case of Poles in Greece

Christou, Anastasia (2008) Agency, networks and policy: the case of Poles in Greece. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 6 (3). pp. 312-325. ISSN 1556-2948

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This article is based on fieldwork conducted with Polish migrants in Athens, as well as key informants and policy makers as a case study for a larger project on Immigrants, Policies and Migration Systems. An Ethnographic Comparative Approach (MIGSYS). The article aims to provide a first reflective account of the trajectory of the group under study and how migration patterns have been shaped and affected by existing migration policies based on a pilot study of a small sample of first generation migrants and policy makers. Key themes such as the process of migration, structural factors involved, migrant agency and networks are discussed in identifying the nodal points and the relevant policies that may affect the migrants' decision at each nodal point. The article presents the main patterns of settlement of the group and highlights the most important discrepancies between policies, migrant plans and their implementation. Finally, a discussion of the overall results of the pilot study aims to provide suggestions for further research.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
Depositing User: Anastasia Christou
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:18
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 11:20
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