Seminar: 'Between Poland and Ireland: Exploring the Integration of Polish Migrants in Dublin and Their Ties to the Origin Country'

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Speaker: Dr. Antje Roeder (Trinity College Dublin)
Date: April 26, 2012
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Place: Dolapdere Campus, 215
Abstract: Migration patterns in Europe have changed significantly in recent decades, with many previous emigration countries becoming receiving countries. The case of Ireland illustrates this in particular: after a long history of emigration, the country experienced a dramatic increase in migration in the last decade, especially after the accession of the new EU member states, altering the population within a short space of time. Poles in Ireland represent the largest of the 'new' immigrant communities in Ireland, yet there is still relatively little empirical evidence on this population. This presentation gives a brief overview of Polish migration to Ireland, linking this to broader patterns of East-West migration, before focusing on findings in relation to the links of Polish migrants to Irish society, and the maintenance of links to the origin country.
Bio: Dr. Antje Roeder is currently Ussher Assistant Professor in Migration at the Department of Sociology in Trinity College Dublin. Her main research interests are mobility and migration, with focus on migrants’ integration in European societies. She is involved in the European project SCIP, Causes and Consequences of Early Socio-Cultural Integration Processes amongst New Immigrants in Europe, and the Trinity Immigration Initiative project ‘Parallel Societies or Overlapping Identities’. She has a particular interest in quantitative research methods in the social sciences, and in the challenges involved in applying these to mobile populations.