The Contemporary Migrant Family in the Eyes of a Pole in Ireland

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Mateusz Szast


On the basis of contemporary socio-economic transformations, especially after Poland’s accession to the structures of the European Union on May 1, 2004, there was a rapid outflow of Poles to EU countries, with particular emphasis on Great Britain and Ireland. It is estimated that currently about 120,000 Polish citizens reside in Ireland. They create families there, live alone or function in temporarily separated families. The aim of the article is to show, on the basis of pilot studies – free-form interviews, the essence of a modern migrant family, with particular emphasis on relationships between family members, their social roles, the implementation of family functions as part of a broadly understood migration and adaptation to new living conditions of migrants. Respondents were also asked about the issue of traditional and modern forms of marrital and family life as well as about the impact of migration on the breakdown of families or the disappearance of traditional family forms, which are being replaced with alternative forms.

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