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The multistage nature of labour migration from Eastern and Central Europe (experience of Ukraine, Poland, United Kingdom and Germany during the 2002-2011 period)

Khrystyna Fogel ()
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Khrystyna Fogel: Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics – University of Antwerp and Ivan Franko National University of Lviv

Eastern Journal of European Studies, 2015, vol. 6(2), 55-81

Abstract: This article examines the consequences of the biggest round of EU Enlargement in 2004 on the labour migration flows from the new accession countries (A8) of the Eastern and Central Europe to Western Europe. The main focus of our research is the unique multistage nature of labour migration in the region. As a case study, we take labour migration from Poland to the United Kingdom and Germany and similar processes taking place in the labour migration from Ukraine to Poland. In particular, a new type of migration structure developed reflecting new features of integration stages of new EU Member States. This allows us to apprehend how this type of labour migration, within the multistage model, includes periods of time that take into account the inertia of labour movement. This article examines not only the character of A8 migration flows but also the potential drivers of this migration such as economic, institutional, etc. All processes are examined in the 2002 - 2011 time frame.

Keywords: migration; A-8 countries; multistage nature of migration; labour migration; EU enlargement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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