Social Skills, Workplaces and Social Remittances: A Case of Post-Accession Migrants

Izabela Grabowska


This article examines how the social skills of migrants are moulded in workplaces and employment-related situations. It surveys literature on social skills, workplaces, social emittances and relational learning. It devotes attention to destination workplaces as spaces where people who left their comfort zones experience disjuncture between origin and destination. This can bring insights, noticing differences and making comparisons. On return to their workplaces in their origin countries, migrants are able to reflect upon and ventually remit these experiences, packaged as social remittances. Three categories of social skill were distilled from biographical interviews with returnees to Poland: (1) the capability for cross-cultural communication; (2) the capability for dealing with emotional labour; (3) the capability for taking initiative and acting independently. The study analysed situations of disjuncture as a result of migration which led to learning, non-learning and alienation. By bringing migration to the forefront, we consider social skills as social remittances.
Author Izabela Grabowska (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych)
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- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych
Journal seriesWork, Employment and Society, ISSN 0950-0170, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.9
Keywords in Englishpost-accession migrants, social remittances, social skills, workplaces
ASJC Classification1407 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management; 2002 Economics and Econometrics; 3312 Sociology and Political Science; 1402 Accounting
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)35
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.775; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.195 (2) - 2017=2.799 (5)
Citation count*13 (2021-01-19)
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