Seminar: Fourfold labour migration

  • DATE / TIME:
    2011•12•14    12:30 - 13:30

    Migration Seminar: Fourfold Labour Migration. On the Differential Attachments of Migrants from Central and Eastern Europe

    By Prof. Dr. Godfried Engbersen, Faculty of the Social Sciences, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

    In this joint UNU-MERIT/Maastricht School of Governance Seminar, Prof. Dr. Engbersen will present an empirically grounded typology of labour migration patterns among migrants from Central and Eastern Europe. The typology is based on two dimensions: attachment to the destination country on the one hand and attachment to the country of origin on the other.

    An empirical survey among labour migrants from Poland, Bulgaria and Romania in the Netherlands uncovered four migration patterns: (i) circular migrants (mostly seasonal workers) with weak attachments to the country of destination, (ii) bi-nationals with strong attachments to both the home country and the country of destination, (iii) footloose migrants with weak attachments to both the home and the destination country, and (iv) settlers with weak attachments to the home country.

    The findings demonstrate the relevance of distinguishing different migration patterns for the debates on transnationalism and the integration of labour migrants from Central and Eastern Europe in Dutch society.

    For more information, see the Calendar of Upcoming Events on the UNU-MERIT website.



  • Conference Room
    Keizer Karelplein 19