Bees & butterflies: Polish migrants’ social anchoring, mobility and risks post-Brexit

Agnieszka Trąbka , Paulina Pustułka


The result of the Brexit referendum and subsequent uncertainty regarding its actual consequences, particularly for the EU citizens living in the UK, constitutes a major point of reference and a social risk for many Polish migrants. Drawing on two qualitative research projects with a data set of 71 semi-structured interviews, this paper aims at analysing post-Brexit strategies of Polish migrants in Britain, taking into account their anchoring and embedding, their attitudes towards mobility, and the specificity of perceived risks. The main objective is to offer a data-driven and temporally agile typology of the orientations migrants adopt in the face of uncertainty. With four ideal types of bumblebees, honeybees, butterflies and cocoons, we capture both the diversification of people’s reactions and strategies, and possible directionalities of the
Author Agnieszka Trąbka
Agnieszka Trąbka,,
, Paulina Pustułka (USSH)
Paulina Pustułka,,
- SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Journal seriesJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, ISSN 1369-183X, e-ISSN 1469-9451, (N/A 140 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.85
Keywords in EnglishBrexit; migration; mobility; risk; social anchoring; typology
ASJC Classification1201 Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous); 3317 Demography
Languageen angielski
JEMS Bees & butterflies_ Polish migrants’.pdf 1.74 MB
oswiadczenie_pustulka.pdf 34.04 KB
Score (nominal)140
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.852; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.871 (2) - 2017=2.238 (5)
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