Family Migration and Transnational Habitus in Post-enlargement Europe: The case of Polish immigrants in Scotland
Centre for Educational Sociology University of Edinburgh Edinbourgh, Scotland, UK
The transformation of Europe into a single market represents a significant conceptual challenge for conventional accounts of family migration. Reviewing international family-related migration into Europe, Kofman argues that the family has been neglected because of the emphasis in migration studies on the individual and a heavily economic focus (Kofman 2004). The proposed paper presents an empirical study of Migration and the Integration of Polish families and children in Scotland and sets out its theoretical background. It argues that the locations of migrants within the European Community have become more fluid, with families being increasingly likely to inhabit more than one residence. It also argues that the uniqueness of the European setting requires a coherent theoretical focus and conceptual framework for understanding the implications of family migration. It suggests that the notion of transnational habitus generate useful empirical approach concerning migration movements within the European Community. The paper analyses Polish post-enlargement migration and explore the ways in which different forms of migrant resources (social, cultural and economic capital) are accumulated, exchanged and transformed in a transnational habitus.